Ellie is from Childer Thornton which is a small town in Cheshire just across the River Mersey from Liverpool, or, if you prefer as I do, it is not far from Chester. She sensibly came to Sheffield to do her undergraduate degree in Physics (possibly because she likes the hills as well as the physics), where she became President of the Physics Society and thus known to all. In fact she is much travelled from her undergraduate degree, having been to lots of exciting physics places and companies such as Roque de los Muchachos Observatory on La Palma, Andor PLC in Belfast, CERN in Geneva, and ITER in Marseille. However she did a biophysics undergraduate project with Matt Mears and thought that soft matter was rather splendid. She therefore is following in Youmna's shoes and joined the group in October 2014 to study the phase separation during spin coating of polymer blends using in situ light scattering. The photo of her here, which she took – she likes photography, although not necessarily of herself – is with one of our ellipsometers.