Pete Gwynne is a PhD student who will be performing alongside five other funny scientists at Bright Club Meets Glasgow Skeptics on Monday 10th June, before multiple shows as part of Bright Club Scotland at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Who are you and what do you do?
Hello! I am a PhD student researching molecular biology, although most people just call me Pete. By day, I study bacteria to help people invent new antibiotics. By night, I talk to anyone who will listen about things like chillis, sharks, and eggs.
What brings you to Glasgow Science Festival this year?
The special science festival edition of Bright Club! Glasgow crowds are always a lot of fun, and I’ve always thought ‘hey, these guys look like they’d love to hear about how chillis can teach us about drug discovery’.
When you think of Glasgow, what are the first 3 words that come to mind?
GLASGOW. SCIENCE. FESTIVAL.
If there was a zombie apocalypse, where would you hide?
Probably in a cupboard, or up a tree. I don’t think I would be very good in a zombie apocalypse situation – I would be one of the first to get eaten.
What’s your favourite park or nature spot in Glasgow and why?
I’ve heard lovely things about Glasgow Green! I’m looking forward to checking it out next week.
Impress us with your favourite science fact
A human cell has about two metres of DNA in it, all coiled up. That means the DNA in a human person, made up of about a trillion cells, could get to the sun and back 70 times. Roughly.
Join Pete for science-y laughs and banter at The Admiral Bar on Monday 10th June – tickets are are flying but still available here. You can also catch him and other funny researchers from across Scotland at Bright Club at the Edinburgh Fringe from 31 July-25 August.