Anastasia Wass



2010-2013 University of Reading; 2008-2010 All Saints Sixth Form; 2003-2008 Meadowhead Secondary School.


BSc Biomedical Sciences; A-levels – Biology, Maths, Chemistry.

Work History:

2012 – Research Assitant; 2011 – Volunteered on an elderly dementia care ward

Current Job:

Teaching Assistant and Part-time PhD student


University of Reading

Me and my work

I force cancer cells to evolve to try and work out how they become deadly.

Most cancers kill when they spread around the body (this is called metastasis). If we can work out how this occurs we can try and stop it.This would mean lots of cancers such as breast or skin cancer would no longer be deadly.

I put cancer cells under pressure and force them to adapt and change. I stain them different colours such as red and green so I can watch them move around. I’m trying to work out which pressures force them to move and why. myimage1  myimage2 


My Typical Day

I’m either in the lab doing an experiment or on my computer working out what it shows me!

I usually spend my morning in the lab doing my experiments and the afternoons sorting through the data.

In my spare time I read journals and articles about the exciting new discoveries in my field.

I also teach students helping them in practical classes and marking their work.

What I'd do with the money

Help young students interested in science gain experience

I’d help fund visits from schools and sixth forms to the labs I work in.

Hopefully students would get some practical experience which would not only look good on a CV but also let them see what it’s actually like to ‘be a biologist’.

Visits would also let people see what it’s like to go to university and hopefully encourage them to think about a science degree.

The money would specifically fund transport costs for visiting schools as well as practical costs so they could get dirty in the lab!


My Interview

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

Happy, Active & Curious

Who is your favourite singer or band?

Taylor Swift

What's your favourite food?


What is the most fun thing you've done?

White water Kayaking

What did you want to be after you left school?


Were you ever in trouble in at school?

Lots – I could never stop talking

What was your favourite subject at school?


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

Gone to university!

What or who inspired you to become a scientist?

My secondary school biology teacher

If you weren't a scientist, what would you be?


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

Lots of money! To be very clever, to be able to eat loads of junk food and never gain weight!

Tell us a joke.

What’s black and white and red all over? A penguin with sunburn

Other stuff

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