My main tasks
Managing the 11 research scientists and applying for grants. Also, a lot of my work is taking the data that the guys generate in the lab and looking for the work that is novel and patentable.
What I like
Every day is different. The most fun I have is sitting down with the guys and seeing what results have come out of last week’s work. Seeing stuff that nobody has ever seen before is probably the best part.
Grant writing! It’s tough and it’s competitive. Typically, for every 10 grants you write, you get one or two.
We have to write 100-page proposals to describe why we need the money and what it is about our therapy that might be useful. In the last 18 months, I have probably written 10 large grants. We have been successful and landed four grants worth about €20 million.
Who influenced me
My biology teacher John Stebbings helped nurture my love of genetics.