Katie Roe in front of a lab computer. Photo provided by Katie Roe
Katie Roe in front of a lab computer. Photo provided by Katie Roe

Katie is a microbiologist looking into bacteria in the mouth and how chewing gums may be able to help reduce oral diseases. She is currently working towards her PhD at Southampton University.

1 Are you an early bird or night owl?

Night owl

2 Are you pro- or anti-pun?


3 Do you have any pets?

Only fish at the moment!

4 Do you have any science-themed home decor?

My mum keeps buying the little lego scientists.

5 Do you prefer cooking or baking?


6 Do you prefer sweet or savory?


7 Do you speak any other languages?


8 If you could switch professions, what would you do?

Either a police officer or a cafe owner!

9 If you could switch science fields, what field would you want to work in?

Something in DNA or developmental biology.

10 If you got a plane ticket right now, where would it go?

Greece it has the best food and weather.

11 If you had one superpower, what would it be?

Flying always seems so exciting.

12 Is there anything you strongly recommend we watch and/or read and/or listen to?

The red queen book series is amazing, it got me back into reading. The TryGuys they make great videos and podcasts which are very funny.

13 It’s your day off. What do you want to do?

Either go on a nice country walk or bake something.

14 What are three things you can’t live without?

My family, dogs and my phone!

15 What beverage gives you life?

I want to say water but its probably coffee.

16 What book did you read in school that positively shaped you?

I didn’t read much in school…

17 What did you want to be when you grew up?

Either a teacher or a scientist.

18 What drives you and keeps you going?

My friends

19 What got you excited in science?

I got a toy microscope when I was younger which you could see onion skin under, it sparked my love of imaging and with microbiology I get to play with huge microscopes.

20 What excites you about science now?

When that experiment you’ve been working on for weeks works and shows the result you expected!

21 What is a guilty pleasure of yours?

Watching rubbish TV I love it, anything from ambulance to Gavin and Stacey.

22 What is a secret talent of yours?

Any thing arty ie painting or knitting, it’s not so much a secret talent so much as a secret enjoyment.

23 What is your favorite game?

Settlers of Catan

24 What is the last book you read?

Harry Potter, I never read them as a kid and I’ve finally got around to it!

25 What is one of the best pieces of advice you’ve received?

Just keep swimming, from Dory in Finding Nemo

26 What is something you’ve always wanted to try but you’ve been too scared to do?

Proper diving, I have done snorkelling but I think there is so much more to see. If I wasn’t scared of the sea I would definitely do this!

27 What is the best advice for your 18 year old self?

Stop worrying about what other people think about you, you all end up in different places so just do whats best for you!

28 What is the best way to de-stress?

My mum would say a run, but lefts face it I’m not going to do that! I love a good games night with my friends, it helps to take your mind of things stressing you out.

29 What is the last thing you watched?

Murder 24/7, hence my desire to be a police officer

30 What is the weirdest thing you’ve had in your bag?

My not so small dog when she couldn’t be bothered to finish the walk… In her defence she was old!

31 What is your favorite animal?

Snow leopard

32 What is your favorite book?

I don’t have a favourite book, I love any sort of murder mystery or fantasy book.

33 What is your favorite comfort food?


34 What is your favorite day of the year?

Christmas! All of the family and food and excitement, what more could you want.

35 What is your favorite plant?

Venus fly trap, they are awesome.

36 What is your favorite science fact?

Babies have around 100 more bones than adults! Babies have about 300 bones at birth, with cartilage between many of them. This extra flexibility helps them pass through the birth canal and also allows for rapid growth. With age, many of the bones fuse, leaving 206 bones that make up an average adult skeleton.

37 What is your favorite season?


38 What is your favorite smell?

Anything that’s baking

39 What is your favorite sound?

Waves crashing, its so relaxing.

40 What is your favorite thing about yourself?

I always try my best, I might not be the best but I will always give it 100%

41 What is your favorite word (in any language)?

Innerer Schweinehund (inner pig-dog in German) If you never sort out your cupboards or are always too lazy to go to the gym, it’s the fault of your inner Schweinehund or inner pig-dog. This is your disorganized inner voice.

42 What is your proudest moment?

Graduating my undergraduate, it felt so good to celebrate the previous 4 years.

43 What kind of tree would you be?

The Dog wood

44 What’s the best thing about where you live?

Its right next to the new forest, its so lovely to walk around but I still get to live in a city.

45 Tell us something we probably don’t know.

Chewing gum can remove as much bacteria as brushing your teeth without toothpaste!

46 Who would you like to see 46 Questions interview next?

Eve Morris (@eviejmorris)