Preptrack

Jonathan - Content Marketing

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1. Could you introduce yourself and say a little about your background.

Hi, I’m Jonathan (he/him). I love sharing science with people and talking about how new discoveries help make our lives better. I studied at the University of Cambridge and I have a PhD in Genetics. I’ve had jobs working on phone apps that study cancer, supporting charity fundraising, sharing research into ageing and promoting breath tests as the future of diagnosing diseases. I’m most excited about the tiny parts of science and how the microscopic world inside our cells shapes our bodies and affects our health. I live in Cambridge with my partner, and when I’m not talking about science I’m usually swimming, baking or catching Pokemon.

2. What do you do for work and what skills are you bringing to Preptrack?

I work for a small company called Owlstone Medical. Our mission is to save lives and improve healthcare by developing new medical tests based on collecting breath samples. Your breath can say a lot about your health and research suggests breath analysis could identify diseases like cancer, asthma, liver disease and diabetes. We even provide breath tests for digestive health to the NHS, which helps to detect issues like lactose intolerance. Science is really hard and it’s often hard to see why new research is important for the real world. My skills are in taking new discoveries and finding interesting and exciting ways to share them with other people. I’m helping to make sure that Preptrack provides clear and helpful information on PrEP and sexual health. I also make a lot of what you read here on the website, particularly the blog, and on our social media.

3. When did you first hear about Preptrack and why did you decide to get involved?

I was introduced to Preptrack in April 2022, shortly before we launched the initial version of the App for iPhone. I found out about it from Will who was one of my colleagues and is also a member of the Preptrack team. I joined because I think Preptrack is a really exciting and simple way to make a big difference to so many lives. I love the idea that a small group of people and a simple app can help stop people from getting ill. I also think that the changes we’ve seen in the HIV epidemic over the last few decades are an amazing illustration of how science can save lives and I wand to do my part to help bringing an end to the epidemic worldwide.