Kelly Houton



Southfield School for Girls 2000-2007, University of Liverpool (Chemistry) 2007-2011, University of Leeds (PhD Chemistry) 2011-2014


Masters in Chemistry and a PhD

Work History:

A well-known high street Chemist and a Bakers

Current Job:

Intellectual Property Analyst


A large Chemical company

About Me

A girl from the East Midlands starting out in my career

My Work

I work for a large Chemical Company analysing the many facets of intellectual property

My Typical Day

Starts with a coffee, followed by reading patents and technical reports

What I'd do with the money

Let everyone get hands on with the most fun Chemistry experiments, and show that Chemistry is nothing to be afraid of. I realise different school have different funding opportunities for practical Chemistry- but I believe strongly in practicals as I way of active learning- and putting knowledge into practice

My Interview

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

Stubborn, hard-working and friendly

Who is your favourite singer or band?

I love singer-songwriters like George Ezra and Hozier

What's your favourite food?

I’m a vegetarian, so anything super fresh and tasty

What is the most fun thing you've done?

I recently went to Lapland and got control of some husky dogs!

What did you want to be after you left school?

I always wanted to be a Scientist

Were you ever in trouble at school?

Fortunately, I was the kid who always sat at the back and kept their head down

What was your favourite subject at school?


What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?

Have my own work published. Great feeling to know other people can read what I’d worked so hard on.

What or who inspired you to become a scientist?

I was always interested in Science, but my Chemistry teachers compounded that :)

If you weren't a scientist, what would you be?

A train driver- think of all the things you could see everyday

If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!

1) Confidence, 2) A little bit more money and 3) To run a bit faster

Tell us a joke.

Q) Why are pirates called pirates? A) Because they arghhhh!

Other stuff

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