5 Minutes With…. Baksho Kaul, Get A-Head Research Technician

Posted by Anne-Marie on March 31, 2016


Baksho Kaul

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; it’s 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.