Baksho Kaul, the Get A-Head research technician at The Accelerated Drug Programme, kindly joined us for five minutes…
What does your job involve?
I am a research technician at the University of Birmingham, specialising in the cancers of the head and neck. I am part of a team researching the possibility of reallocating drugs that have been originally created to treat one disease in order to treat another. For example, we can look at a drug that was originally created to treat cholesterol, and test to see if that drug could be used to treat a form of cancer.
As a technician, I conduct experiments, collect patient biopsy samples, check the labs are stocked etcetera. It is very varied, and I love that.
How long have you been working at the University of Birmingham?
I have worked at the University of Birmingham for the entirety of my career. I previously worked at another cancer-related research post.
What are your hobbies and interests?
I have lots of hobbies but I most enjoy hiking and (occasionally) baking!
What is your dream holiday destination?
I would love to go to Australia – its my dream to swim with sharks.
What would you do if you won the lottery?
If I won the lottery, I’d definitely continue with my job as a hobby, because I enjoy it so much. I’d also donate some of my winnings to Get A-Head and QEHB Charity, because I know that, without them, our research wouldn’t be able to take place. I’d also love to travel the world.
What is your favourite book?
I’m not much of a book-worm, but I do really enjoy reading The Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher.
Tell us one surprising fact about yourself
I was in the Territorial Army for two of the years I was at university, which always surprises people when I tell them!
What do you enjoy most about your job?
I love working with this team – the environment is so friendly. The job always feels truly worthwhile. We are constantly moving forward to get drugs into clinical trials, it is practical and palpable.
What would you say to people who have made a donation to QEHB Charity or Get-A-Head?
I would ask everyone to keep on donating, without you, we are not able to progress in what are very promising trials. We are incredibly grateful to the continuing support of you all.