Simon Trent

Favourite Thing: Hunting genes in the brain using the latest cutting edge technology.



St.Peters School, Bournemouth, Dorset


Biochemistry, University of Bath

Work History:

Waiter in local pub/restaurant, check-out and kiosk assistant at Somerfield’s


Cardiff University

Current Job:

Research associate (also known as a post-doc)

Me and my work

Im trying to uncover the secrets behind ADHD, a disorder that mainly affects youngsters

I use mice and humans to understand if an enzyme in our brain might explain the hyperactivity, impulsive choices and lack of attention that cause so many problems for youngsters with ADHD.

My Typical Day

I normally analyse data on the computer, perform experiments in the lab, run tests on animals and hunt for genes in the brain

A mixture of data analysis on the computer and checking emails, an experiment that is either looking at animal behaviour or studying the levels of genes in the brains of animals. Other things include going to seminars or lectures to further understand similar scientific ideas or to broaden my knowledge of other sciences, group meetings and occassionally going to department retreatments and conferences where I talk about my work to other scientists.

What I'd do with the money

Set up a interactive workshop where young people can find out how their brain ticks in relation to attention span and how impulsive they are

Finding it hard to concentrate or are you a risk taker? The brain has a lot to answer for. I want to bring a workshop all over the UK, where young people can learn about the brain and themselves in an interactive way. I have already brought science to schools in wales as a STEM ambadassor, but I really want to talk about my own work specifically and also raise awareness about ADHD.

My Interview

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

open-minded, thinker, comedian

Who is your favourite singer or band?

Muse, Foo fighters, Led zepplin, Pink Floyd

What is the most fun thing you've done?

White water rafting in scotland or living in america for 6 months

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

Fame/nobel prize, set up my own science building for brain research, go into space

What did you want to be after you left school?

Film director, novelist

Were you ever in trouble in at school?

Yes! I ended up on the naughty line a few times!

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

Going to conferences lets you experience new places and also lived abroad because of science

Tell us a joke.

Why didnt the brain want to have a bath? It didnt want to be brain-washed!