Get to know: Rebecca Frise, Research Technician

Rebecca Frise, Research Technician, Department of Medicine

Describe your research / job in three words:

How influenza works

When did you first realise you wanted to do what you do?

I attended a conference at which my current PI (Prof Wendy Barclay) was the keynote speaker and I knew I wanted to join her lab and research team.

What’s the best thing about your role?

The team I work with and the flexibility given to me by my manager and college.

What’s the most challenging thing about your role?

No two days are the same; sometimes you can’t plan for the problems that arise and you have to troubleshoot on the spot.

What’s the proudest moment of your career?

Publishing my first journal paper

Name a machine / software /object you couldn’t do your job without:

Has to be the software GraphPad Prism

What is the one thing you want to know/do before you die?

Visit Patagonia in South America

How are you getting on with this?

It’s somewhere on my to do list!

Three things that take up your time outside of work?

My baby, walking and blogging

What book, film or record do you recommend most to others?

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Who’s your science hero/inspiration?

Arthur C Clarke – a scientist, science fiction writer and made significant contributions to geostationary satellites, used in telecommunication relays.

Where is your favourite place to visit in the world?


Which three things could you not do without?

The sun, books and chocolate

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

This is a cliché but an Astronaut!

Tell us something surprising about yourself:

Even though I’m British I’ve grown up all over the world and don’t really have a ‘home town’. I’ve lived in 8 different countries from a young age but London has now become my adoptive home


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