Spotlight On…. Dr Andy Lakey

Andy is A SEnior Scientist at MIP diagnostics


What gets you out of bed in the morning?

My daughter mainly when she starts crying, seriously though my goal is to provide her the best opportunity in life the way my parents did for me so that is my main motivator.   

How would you describe your day job to a child?

I help develop tests to identify when a person is poorly and what is making them poorly.

What is your biggest achievement to date – personal or professional?

Personal achievement is the birth of my baby girl, professional achievement would probably be the completion of my PhD.

What does a typical day look like for you?

Wake up around half 6 (depending on my daughter), get her dressed and help my wife load the car in the morning for the daily drop off. Get ready and leave the house around 7:50 arriving at work for 8:30ish. When I get to work, I usually load the computer up, make a coffee and check emails before heading into the lab to do prep work for the day (making buffers etc). Then it’s a mix of office work (SOP writing, answering emails, writing lab book) and running lab work. Have lunch around 12. Before heading back into the lab to finish off any experiments that are running, usually heading home around 4:30.

What three words would you use to describe your role?

Interesting – this is a new technology for me so there is a lot of learning, Challenging – as  a new technology there are a lot of unknowns so lots of opportunities to challenge you and your thinking, Exciting – because of the potential of this technology to have a huge impact in the sector.

If you could switch jobs with someone, who would it be?

Before I went into science I dreamed of being an animator working for giants like Disney, so I would probably swap jobs with an animator working for Disney or big Hollywood productions.

What is on your wish list for your next five years here?

1.     Have a 2nd child
2.     Transition into a managerial role
3.     LFC to win the Premier League
4.     Extend the house
5.     Win the lottery

What do you like most about your job?

I like the problem solving aspect, there’s no better feeling than overcoming a challenging problem, the harder and more frustrating the challenge the better the feeling once you crack it.

What is your motto or personal mantra?

Not really a personal mantra but I like the quote “Aim for the moon, even if you miss you will land amongst the stars” – I like this because as a scientist you are always working towards achieving your goal/objective for a given project, however science can be a fickle so even if you don’t achieve your goal you will have developed new knowledge and learning as a result of the journey and as a result you are in a better place than before, I think that is important lesson to remember. 

What’s the most recent app you’ve downloaded but are yet to use?

CBeebies Playtime Island

Given a chance, who would you like to be for a day?

A professional footballer for Liverpool and the chance to play at Anfield in front of the Kop

What’s your favourite line from a film?

“Do or do not, there is no try” – Yoda, The Empire Strikes Back.

What is your guilty pleasure?

Love Island