Vicky Caulfield

Favourite Thing: Figure out how things work



I attended St Marks C of E Primary school in Newtown and Abraham Guest high school in Orrell and then Winstanley sixth form college


I have a degree in Applied Genetics (its applied as I spent a year in industry during my degree) and a PhD in Clinical Dentistry (I investigated how saliva is produced) and both were done at the University of Liverpool

Work History:

I used to work at NDA in Cambridgeshire

Current Job:

Stability Analyst in Quality Control



My STFC facility

Me and my work

Involved in Flu vaccine stability management

I work on a site that manufactures Flu vaccine, which is given as a nasal spray not as a jab. I hand out material from all stages of the production process for lab testing, which can be anything from the colour of the material to the number of viral particles present (the units of flu). I attend meetings to ensure everything is on target and we will meet our goals. We use the information to make choices about what happens to the product we make and who gets to use it.

My Typical Day

Hand out samples, check data and create reports

I hand out samples to the different testing groups for testing. The samples are all stored in locked fridges and freezers to allow full sample control. I review data from the samples tested and complete reports to cover what the data tells us about the samples. The data lets us know if the sample has stayed the way we expected it to. This information controls how we sell the material we manufacture, it lets us know the sell by date – have you ever thought about how they know use by date for the items you use daily or why this is needed?

What I'd do with the money

Provide materials for STEM evens which allow greater interaction

I would use the money to provide interactive materal to take into schools as part of my role as a STEM ambassador. This would include kits which make science fun and would allow the children to do experiments on their own. I would also purchase flu virus representations to show them what the flu virus looks like and explain its life cycle. The kits could also cover experiments with eggs as these are the media for vaccine production so would tie in science with industry.

My Interview

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

honest funny curious

Who is your favourite singer or band?


What's your favourite food?


What is the most fun thing you've done?

I have been scuba diving with sharks

What did you want to be after you left school?

a Biologist

Were you ever in trouble at school?

not very often

What was your favourite subject at school?


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

determine that the cells that make saliva talk

What or who inspired you to become a scientist?

I always enjoyed science and learning how things work

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

An electrical engineer

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

to not be afraid of needles or blood so I could have been a vet, to travel more and to see all the wonders of the natural world

Tell us a joke.

what goes tick-tock, bow-wow, tick-tock, bow-wow? A watch dog

Other stuff

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