I graduated from Oxford University with a degree in Biological Sciences?and completed my PhD at University College London in 2007. I now hold the Professorship in Science Communication at the University of Westminster. My research is in the field of?astrobiology?and the search for microbial life on Mars. I have also?held a STFC?Science in Society Fellowship and am very active in delivering?live events?at schools and science festivals, working as a scientific consultant for the media, and have appeared in numerous?TV?documentaries and?radio?shows. I have won several awards for my science writing and outreach work and regularly freelance for newspapers and magazine?articles, and have published three?books. My latest,?The Knowledge, is out now in paperback.