Shane Pennington-Cooper

Cannot wait to enlighten the students about the wonderful world of science.

Favourite Thing: I spend a lot of my free time researching. Everyday I research about forensic science, medicine and of course my current research of naturally treating cancer. I also have a very strong interest in using forensic entomology, the thought that one single maggot can let me estimate the time of death fascinates me.



Tollgate PrimarySchool 1988-1995 St James CEVA School 1995-1999 King Edward VI Upper Grammar School 1999-2004


BSc (Hons) in Forensic Science and Criminal Investigation at University of Central Lancashire 2005-2009

Work History:

Freelance Logo Designer, Data Analyst at SDG Ltd, Forensic Science Teaching Mentor at University of Central Lancashire


University of Central Lancashire

Current Job:

Forensic Science Teaching Mentor

Me and my work

As a forensic science teaching mentor I make sure the students have a clear understanding of the lectures they have attended, help them with complex laboratory/witness reports and advise them on content for essays/dissertations. I then finish the day with lots of research about how we can use our own bodies to fight the dreadful cancer cells.

My Typical Day

On a typical day my mentees will ask me a lot of questions about forensic science which I have to guide them to how to reach their answer. Giving them the answer straight away would defeat the objective of ‘teaching’. After I have finished teaching I will then carry on with my genetic research.

What I'd do with the money

If I was successful in winning the £500 I would use the money to travel to UTAH University where I would spend time with geneticist Dr Richard Cawthorn to help and further their progress into making cancer cells naturally die. They currently are looking into ways of making anti-aging products however they have not progressed far in regards of reducing the size of cancer cells without chemicals. My research should prove very useful in the start of what I hope to be a fantastic discovery.

My Interview

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

Analytical, knowledgeable and outgoing.

Who is your favourite singer or band?

It Bites

What is the most fun thing you've done?

Spending 10 days in the Masaii Centre in Kenya where I spent a day in their life without any electricity and everything including their houses were created from natural materials.

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

To be the one who discovers the true non chemical cure for cancer, for their to be no wars and for every student to have the opportunity to go to University.

What did you want to be after you left school?

A forensic scientist

Were you ever in trouble in at school?

I can honestly say that I have been in a few detentions for having a strong view on something, however I realised that school was very useful and concentrated solely on my education.

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

The best moment I believe was taking a swab of my cheek to acquire epithelial cells then extracted, purified and typed my own DNA. Seeing the bands on the gel and the spikes on the computer really gave me a feeling of self achievement.

Tell us a joke.

Two goldfish are in a tank. One says to the other, “Do you know how to drive this thing?