This resource, provided by STEMNET introduces Shanom Ali who is about to finish a groundbreaking thesis on microbiology, investigating the possible risks to humans of processing recyclable waste. Shanom, who is pictured at a materials reclamation facility, is also a STEM Ambassador.
Shanom works at UCL Hospital for Tropical Diseases where he is running a screening project for the deadly MRSA bacteria and developing better ways to detect its presence. He has been a scientific consultant on Channel 4’s ‘How Clean is Your House?’ series.
His work is vital in making sure we can continue to recycle safely and has attracted international interest.
Shanom says: “I am interested in microbiology because identifying bacteria is a highly technical process and a real mental challenge – I like the nitty gritty. As a STEM Ambassador I enjoy inspiring students about the work I do.”
Shanom is pictured at a materials reclamation facility in Northamptonshire, where paper, card, plastic and cans are sorted for recycling.
Photograph by Richard Cannon and provided by STEMNET.
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