90% of my time at the moment is spent doing biomedical research (both clinical research involving brain scans of healthy volunteers, and basic lab research studying human brain cells ‘in a dish’). Most experiments I do are related to circadian (‘around 24-hour’) rhythms – these rhythms are driven by molecular ‘clocks’ that exist in each of our cells, including all of the cells of the brain. All of my research is geared towards discovering new mechanisms that will lead to new treatments for human and animal patients with brain disorders like dementia, epilepsy, mental illness, and brain tumours.
I have 2 main tasks. Firstly I design and write the software for the next generation of satellite Data Recorders. The Data Recorder is a unit in the spacecraft that captures and stores the data from the imager (the imager is basically a complex camera). This task takes up most of my time.
My second task is supporting the Spacecraft Operations team throughout the life of each spacecraft. This is particularly important when the spacecraft is first launched as it spends the first few months being configured and tested before it can go into full operation. Its therefore the time when problems not seen during ground testing are found so occasionally I have to provide software “fixes” that are uploaded to the spacecraft. Currently I looking after some 6 spacecraft in orbit.