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Video clip: Irene loved her work experience in a lab. It seemed like ‘playing games’ and ‘forever interesting’. When she left school she studied biochemistry for four years.

And so I had the opportunity to have a bit of work experience to really decide which way I was going to jump, and it was just unarguable when I was in the lab I just absolutely loved the idea that you were almost playing these games all the day. You know, you could answer lots of, you know, big world questions. It seemed to be forever interesting. It was a tremendous amount of novelty, as soon as you’ve answered one there were plenty more to ask, and to go and pursue. So it struck me very quickly that this was an incredible luxury and opportunity to be a scientist. You got to sort of play [laughs] all day long and that was a very stark contrast to the experience I had sort of more day to day job, in terms of, you know maybe being in the health care profession. So it was clear to me to go down the more core basic science route and I was very fortunate that I got a place to come here to Oxford at Merton College and study biochemistry for four years.