This week we meet Professor Mark Lythgoe, Founder and Director of the Centre for Advanced Biomedical Imaging. Here, Mark - who was recently awarded the Royal Society of Medicine Ellison-Cliffe Award 2021 - chats to us about living in South America and his love for Cadir Idris.
What is your role and what does it involve?
I have the best job in the world - Director of the Centre for Advanced Biomedical Imaging or more affectionally known as CABI - which is a playground for those with a love of all things imaging.
How long have you been at UCL and what was your previous role?
Before I came to the safer havens of UCL, I was an attack dog trainer in Israel living in a tiny farm on the Lebanese border. Currently survived 15 years at UCL.
What working achievement or initiative are you most proud of?
Being awarded the Royal Society of Medicine Ellison-Cliffe Award 2021 for my ’contribution of fundamental science to the advancement of medicine’.
Tell us about a project you are working on now which is top of your to-do list?
I lean towards the more unconventional and risky projects. Now I’m working on a handheld MRI scanner - Dr ’Bones’ McCoy (Star Trek) would love it!
What is your favourite album, film and novel?
I was brought up on a combination of Mancunian folklore, Catholicism and musicals, none of which helped me to understand the world around me - although I do still have a love of musicals, especially West Side Story.
What is your favourite joke (pre-watershed)?
Ah ha - the funny part - groan away then:
Helvetica and Times New Roman walk into a bar.
"Get out of here!" shouts the bartender. "We don’t serve your type."
Who would be your dream dinner guests?
Nikola Tesla - it’d be electrifying.
What advice would you give your younger self?
Do the things you love, and don’t worry about your future.
What would it surprise people to know about you?
I failed my A-Levels and never went to university - more holes in my CV than a Tetley tea bag!
What is your favourite place?
Before I came into science I was a climber and lived in South America. Despite the wonders of the Andes - my favourite place is Cadir Idris in wales - where I loved to climb and escape.