Peter Maskell

Favourite Thing: finding out answers to questions that no one has answered before



Desborough School, Maidenhead; University of Portsmouth, Oxford Brookes University


BSc (Hons) Pharmacology, PhD (Pharmacology), Grade 3 Singing, BSAC Dive Leader

Work History:

Wyeth Laboratories, Vernalis Ltd, Birmingham Uni, Bristol Uni, Dundee Uni

Current Job:

Senior Lecturer in Forensic Toxicology


University of Huddersfield

Me and my work

Spending my time working out how drugs may have killed people (or not)

My Typical Day

Teaching, Research, Admin Repeat…

What I'd do with the money

no one told me you could win money doing this.. develop some toxicology resources for school visits.

My Interview

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

Mad Scientist, Father, Chatty

Who is your favourite singer or band?

Marilyn Manson, The Wonder Stuff, Slipknot, Ride, InMe, Robert Johnston…

What's your favourite food?

curry and cake (not at the same time) oh and beer (which is legally a food)

What is the most fun thing you've done?

I have no idea..lots of things really.

What did you want to be after you left school?


Were you ever in trouble at school?


What was your favourite subject at school?

Whichever subject I was getting the best marks in at the time (generally science)

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

not blow up the lab. help make a change to drug law.

What or who inspired you to become a scientist?

my science teachers

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

Aircraft Engineer for RAF

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

Health and Prosperity for me and my family. My own Eurofigher Typhoon. To be closer to home

Tell us a joke.

A proton and a neutron are walking down the street. The proton says, “Wait, I dropped an electron help me look for it.” The neutron says “Are you sure?” The proton replies “I’m positive.”

Other stuff

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