Mae Woods

Oh noooooo! Very sad to be evicted but don't worry kids! You guys are in great hands with Tiffany, Nik, Hywel and Hitesh. Thanks for the great questions!!

Favourite Thing: Working with the International System of Units by far! Comparing how real life objects change through time with differences in length and mass can be very interesting. I am working with cells that are approximately 30 micrometers in diameter, that means we have to look at how they interact through a microscope, use specialized machinery to interact with them (our hands are too big) and use mathematical models with the correct units to investigate the physical laws that affect their behavior.



Camelford Primary School, Sir James Smiths Community School, 2002-2004 St Austell College, 2005-2008 King’s College London, 2008-present University College London


10.5 GCSEs, 5 A levels in Maths, Music, Graphic Design, Biology and General Studies, BSc Mathematics and an MRes in Modelling Biological Complexity

Work History:

Loads of places. shops, hotels, pubs, data analyses, music performances and tutoring. In every single job I have had, science has been an important tool and very useful

Current Job:

PhD student


University College London

Me and my work

I work with moving cells and use scientific computer games generated by mathematical models to predict where they will move next

Maths, Maths and Maths!!! I really enjoy working with numbers. Ask me anything and especially anything to do with applied Mathematics.

Applied mathematics is the use of maths in everyday situations and trying to understand the world around us with logical statements and equations.

I am studying at University College London which is a very large University and has many subject areas. I spend half my time in the department of CoMPLEX and half my time in the Cell and Developmental Biology department.

I look at experimental data of cells and try to understand how the cells move with mathematical equations

My Typical Day

Usually I get in early and check the computer code that I set up the night before, if the results are interesting, I analyse them, if they look strange I investigate further

What I'd do with the money

Write and article on my work and encourage different school classes to write articles for a school science magazine featuring I’m a scientist and topics on applied mathematical biology and have some copies printed and distributed to the schools

My Interview

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

Curious, inquisitive and puzzled

Who is your favourite singer or band?

The Bee Gees

What is the most fun thing you've done?

Ice skating (the best physics lesson ever)

If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!

1) Have an electron microscope 2) Have the ability to teleport to hot countries (because by making it sunny here every day, there might be dramatic changes in the ecosystem) 3) Be able to stop time (temporarily)

What did you want to be after you left school?

A mathematician

Were you ever in trouble in at school?


What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?

Answered a question that I was stuck on

Tell us a joke.

What did the computer do when presented with PI? …. Take a byte out of it!

Other stuff

Work photos:

Here is a picture showing the inside of my computer. I use special computer cards that slot into my machine so that my code runs very fast .

    WARNING: Do not attempt to do this at home without the supervision of an adult (and asking before hand!!)



Here is a picture of some computer cells when I start running my program


Here is a picture of some computer cells later