Discipline: Medical Anthropology
Research Interests: My research is based around diagnostic medical technology and the illness experience associated with this. I am using both history and anthropology to reconstruct the disease and illness of hypertension over the twentieth century and how the sphgymometer (device for measuring blood pressure) has developed and influenced the understanding of this in Britain today.
If you were a box of cereal what would you be and why: If I was a box of cereal I would definitely be a box Cheerios, as I appear to have late night cravings for them. I woke up next to a packet once, with washing powder (don’t ask!).
What did you want to be when you grew up: When I was little I wanted to be a ballerina, but then I was asked to leave dance class as I was too mal-coordinated, clumsy and in general a danger to the other students. I am still trying to recover emotionally!
Where are you right now: I am currently at my desk, looking at Aglaia’s drawing of an Aardvark.
Tell us something about another staff writer: Aglaia wants to get a pet Dik Dik (a small antelope) when she goes to Namibia for fieldwork.