Mobeen Ali

Favourite Thing: Playing with exciting experiments and learning about how the human body works.



Djanogly City Academy (2003-2010), University of Nottingham (2010-present)


A-levels (A*AAA), MSci Physics with Medical Physics

Work History:

The University of Nottingham, New Horizon Trust, Karimia Institute

Current Job:

PhD Student


The University of Nottingham

About Me

Curious and hard-working

I am currently doing my PhD at the University of Nottingham in physics. I am from Nottingham so I live at home with my family. It is a lot cheaper than living out. I am a fan of Doctor Who and Star Wars. I enjoy trying out new activities at university for example mixed martial arts, motorsport and Nerf.

My Work

My project involves working on new ways of imaging the amount of iron in the brain using MRI.

The amount of iron in the brain increases with age and is linked to diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. The aim of my project is to determine the amount of iron in healthy brains which would then allow us to assess the effectiveness of Alzheimer’s/ Parkinson’s drugs.

My Typical Day

There is no typical day apart from working about 9-5 and then taking part in societies around university.

My days can be very varied. They mostly consist of  taking MRI scans and processing these.  I make and run simulations. I also work on building pieces of equipment to assist with the scanning or  just trying new ideas.

What I'd do with the money

Making new demonstrations for the Physics outreach department

In physics, we have a small range of demonstrations from light and sound to pressure and forces, aimed at all age groups. At the moment, I am working on a model of an MRI scanner to demonstrate how we can take images of the inside of the human body. The prize money would allow us to build a wider range of demonstrations and to continue amazing the public in different ways.

My Interview

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

calm, adventurous, logical

Who is your favourite singer or band?


What's your favourite food?


What is the most fun thing you've done?


What did you want to be after you left school?

Become a doctor

Were you ever in trouble at school?

Not really

What was your favourite subject at school?


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

Hold a human brain (whilst wearing gloves)

What or who inspired you to become a scientist?

My A level teachers

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


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

To be able to fly, slow down time and telekinesis.

Tell us a joke.

Why did the bear have bear feet? Because he had no shoes.

Other stuff

Work photos:


My desk with lots of random bits on it.



The Sir Peter Mansfield Magnetic Resonance centre where I work. It was named after Sir Peter Mansfield who won the Nobel prize for inventing MRI. We currently have 3 MRI scanners, lots of other smaller magnets and an MEG scanner (bit like MRI but measures the magnetic fields produced by the brain rather than being a great big magnet itself).



A colleague placing a volunteer inside the largest of our three scanners, which is the one that I use.



My model of an MRI scanner. It’s still a work in progress but I’ll be using it in British Science Week.