Born in London to parents who emigrated from Ghana, Charlotte Armah's scientific work may have very obvious benefits for us all. She leads experiments involving human volunteers to learn whether eating particular foods, especially broccoli, can protect us from diseases such as cardiovascular disease and cancer.
This work allows her to combine scientific expertise (developed through comprehensive school, a degree and PhD), a keen interest in helping others (encouraged by voluntary work and her Christian faith) and an enjoyment of meeting and interacting with different people. She has been very successful in science, presenting her work all over the world, without feeling that science has ever been an obsession. Rather than playing with chemistry sets as a child, she preferred to sing along to the Radio 1 pop music charts.
- Primary: could broccoli be a superhero?
- Secondary: saving lives with broccoli.
These activities are part of a series of resources to help develop students’ understanding and awareness of science and the diversity of scientists.