I love science, but I also love arts. I love the purity and the intimacy of radio, but I also love factual TV. So, to sum it up, I get my kicks out of making interesting programmes for broadcast media and online, with a bias on science.
My decision to work in broadcasting was made late one night in a darkened basement lab during my PhD. Waiting hour after hour for a semiconductor surface to be scanned atom by atom - and praying that the equipment wouldn't fail - convinced me that science communication would make for a far more exciting (and sociable) career.
I started DJ-ing at two hospital radio stations to 'test the water', and soon afterwards applied to study the Science Media Production MSc at Imperial College London. They were nice enough to give me a place, and the knowledge and experience I gained from the lecturers and placement with the BBC Radio Science Unit set me on my way to becoming a science broadcast journalist.
After a brief spell making packages for the BBC World Service, I moved to Cambridge to join 'The Naked Scientists' as a part-time producer, and filled the rest of my time (and then some!) with producing the 'Nature' and 'Chemistry World' podcasts.
Six months later, I moved back to London to work as a freelance radio presenter/producer, but was soon recruited to work on BBC Persian TV, which was at the time revving up for launch (2008). Two years later, and having produced content for everything from a live interactive show to science and arts packages for news and features, I am finally convinced that working in TV can also be good fun!
I am now working as a freelance video and audio producer with a number of outlets, such as Nature Journal, the British Medical Journal, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, BBC Persian TV and BBC World Service radio.
In my spare time I like to work on my allotment, come up with documentary ideas and think about how to change the world!