Meet Crick scientist Pooja. Pooja is a PhD student and works on detecting bugs and bacteria in ancient skeletons!
Thanks for sending in all your questions for Pooja. On Friday 7 August, Pooja will be answering as many of your questions as she can over on the Family Zone page.
Other than science, how do you spend your time?
Before COVID-19, I loved going to museum exhibitions. One of my favourite museums (which has been closed for a while), is the Hunterian Museum. Currently, I’m making full use of living on the edge of London, exploring the suburbs with Toby, my Pomeranian-Jack Russell dog.
How does your research impact the average person?
I think it’s part of human nature to be curious about the past and where we came from. It’s awesome that our research can give people an insight into the past. I find it fascinating to see how infectious diseases have spread and evolved, as well as how our own DNA has evolved to fight against them - I hope they do too!
What’s the most surprising part of your job that people wouldn’t know about?
The people and the day-to-day conversations we have in our lab. We could be talking about ancient diseases one minute and jump to the genetic history of dogs and wolves the next. We even have our own Neanderthal expert so there's never a boring moment!