27 May 2022. Brought to you by Bethany Stansby.

Jo Galloway

What is your current job  / programme of study? 

Before this I designed and made protein structures at Bristol, and before that I made biologically templated magnetic nanoparticles at Leeds. 

Why did you choose a career in Materials Science and Engineering (MSE)? 

I was a secondary school science teacher (PGCE 2005) for 2 1/2 years between my undergraduate and Masters courses. I have engaged in outreach activities including activities around chocolate crystallisation for British Science Week (2019), and contributing to development sessions for a play called, “do scientists dream of synthetic sheep?” which explored Synthetic Biology questions.  

What degree course did you do? 

I completed my PhD in Physics in 2012, a Masters in Geochemistry in 2008, and my BSc in Geology in 2001 (Leeds), meaning I have a very multidisciplinary scientific background. 

What is your research about? 

I currently work at Leeds on self-assembly of soft matter and mineral formation in confinement. 

What is the coolest thing you have done in your career so far? 

I was an active member of BioLeeds, an art-science-maker collaboration, and set up exhibits at the ASMbly event in 2014. I have also engaged with school outreach programs such as Female Allstars of STEM.