Dr Annela Seddon
Dr Annela Seddon has toured the country giving talks that inspire people to see the potential of science and shares an enthusiasm for physics that she developed as a child.
“I didn't come from a background where going to university was the norm, but I was lucky enough to have parents who encouraged me to have the confidence to do whatever I wanted,” says Dr Seddon, Graduate Teaching and Research Fellow at the Bristol Centre for Functional Nanomaterials.
Dr Seddon completed her PhD in 2002, focusing on bio-inspired materials with Professor Stephen Mann FRS in Bristol’s School of Chemistry. She then moved to Bristol University’s School of Medical Sciences after which she was awarded an EPSRC Life Sciences Interface Fellowship which she held between Imperial College London and the University of Chicago.
She returned to Bristol University in 2009 to join the Bristol Centre for Functional Nanomaterials. Dr Seddon also teaches and supervises undergraduate and postgraduate students in the School of Physics, focussing her research on understanding the self-assembly of lipids and artificial cell membranes and how they can interact with proteins.
She is also actively involved in outreach activities, particularly with schools and has a particular interest in understanding why physics is less popular with girls, and, in turn trying to encourage more girls to take up the subject.
“I chose science; it’s the most incredible way of looking at the world, understanding it and conferring beauty on what were seemingly mundane objects,” she says. “I like making things and science is incredibly creative. It’s about people too - the people you work with, the amazing students you interact with, the people you share your ideas and enthusiasm with.”
Dr Seddon has been the Institute of Physics Schools Lecturer and the Royal Society of Chemistry Materials Division Schools Lecturer and has toured the country giving inspiring talks about the research being undertaken at Bristol University.