Dr Mark Russell was raised in the brewing capital of England (Burton-on-Trent), but since those times has have been living in the South West. His undergraduate degree (Bsc Biological Sciences) and master’s (MRes Marine Biology) were completed at Plymouth University, with the latter in conjunction with the Marine Biological Association (MBA). He moved from plankton to diabetes in 2005, and joined Noel’s team in the then Peninsula Medical School as a research technician. Since that time he has completed his PhD, and is now a post-doc in the IBEx team.


Q. What does a “day in the life of” look like for you?

A. Up at 7am, and take the bus into work. Normally during the week, I am split between working in the lab doing a variety of techniques, and the office writing papers, grants and generally sorting things out. Then home with the family for evenings and weekends. Every day is filled with different challenges which keep things exciting.


Q. What made you want to work in your current job?

A. Fantastic team, a stimulating environment and a love for science.


Q. When you’re not working, what do you like to do for fun?

A. Golf and racket sports are two big interests of mine. But when not on the golf course or in a squash court, I may be found watching the mighty Burton Albion, sampling a beer or two, or spending time with my family.