Donald Palmer's job involves studying, and teaching others how, the human body protects itself from infections and malfunctions, including cancer. He is especially interested in the way the immune system changes with age, and examines the surfaces of human cells using chemicals and instruments.
As a child born and brought up in south London by parents who emigrated from Jamaica, he watched Star Trek and read Marvel comics, identifying with the character of Peter Parker (Spiderman) as a 'regular' person who liked and was good at science. His journey from school to Senior Lecturer at the Royal Veterinary College began with an Ordinary National Diploma in Medical Sciences at South London Technical College. He attributes his success to helpful 'mentors' and his own 'hunger' to succeed.
*Primary – Coughs and sneezes spread diseases
*Secondary – The battle of mosquitos
These activities are part of the Inspiring Scientists collection, a series of resources to help develop students’ understanding and awareness of science and the diversity of scientists.