Angela, James, Jay and Sarah New

Left to right: Jay Neale, James Logan, Sarah Dewhirst, Angela Kaye  Location: Crane Park Island Nature Reserve, Twickenham Photographer: Ben Gilbert Image © Ben Gilbert/ScienceGrrl Please do not use this image on other sites without the permission of ScienceGrrl (sciencegrrlUK@gmail.com)Angela Kaye, MSc, is researching the laboratory efficacy testing of repellents and insecticides for consumer use at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Her research will ensure that products on the market are effective and will protect people from infectious insect bites. In her spare time she is an amateur beekeeper with an obsession for good honey. Her first baby is due two days after Christmas.

James Logan, PhD, is a TV presenter for the BBC and for Channel 4’s Embarrassing Bodies. He also runs his own research group at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, looking for new ways of controlling diseases like malaria that are spread by insects. When James is not in the lab or on TV, he is either playing rugby or running.

Jay Neale, MSc, is an environmental scientist. He assesses the health of rivers in the UK and abroad, looking to improve and protect the aquatic environment for future generations. In 2011 he was part of a team that raced over 600km to the North Pole, withstanding strong winds, extreme temperatures and polar bears.

Sarah Dewhirst, PhD, is an entomologist. She is trying to identify the natural chemicals that insects use to locate mates and food. These can be used to control and monitor insects that reduce yields of agricultural crops or spread diseases to animals and humans. Controlling insects with natural chemicals will benefit people in developing and developed countries. She is also expecting her first child in November 2012.