Careers in Research Science

Tuesday 10 March 2020

George Busby returned to Christ Hospital School on 5th March, to give a talk on Careers in Research Science.

After leaving CH in the year 2000, George followed his lifelong passion for the natural world to read Zoology at Edinburgh University. In Edinburgh, he got hooked on evolutionary science and conservation fieldwork in Africa and has remained in academic research science ever since. Following Edinburgh, he studied for further research degrees, including a Masters in Conservation and Evolution from Imperial College and a DPhil (PhD) in Human Evolutionary Genetics from Oxford University. Since 2008, George has worked at Oxford University as a geneticist on a variety of different scientific research projects and is now a Senior Research Fellow at Oxford University’s Big Data Institute, where he works on harnessing the power of huge DNA databases for malaria research. George talked about his career as a research scientist and discussed why there has never been a better time to become a data scientist.

Pupils were highly engaged and asked excellent questions at the end of the talk, including how to move into research science after a degree, and what areas of science will be new and thriving for them to consider in the future.