Emilia joined my group after having completed a first class chemistry degree at the University of Sheffiel in Octber 2018. Born in Krakow in Poland, she came to England as a young girl. Emilia had a variety of interests as a child, but one has been with her for years. Emilia tells me that she has always wanted to be an archaeologist – that's Indiana Jones for you – but in the end studied chemistry. In the final yeat of her chemistry degree, she decided that she wanted to do a PhD and applied for the Polymers, Soft Matter, and Colloids Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT). These studentships require industrial co-sponsorships, and unfortunately there were none left. Fortunately, at the eleventh hour Lonza Chemical stepped in with funding for me to support a PhD studentship on the CDT. I was delighted that Emilia had been through her interview and offered her the place, the fiftieth studentship funded by the CDT, out of a total of fifty studentships. This does not mean Emilia came fiftieth! Anyway, Emilia is looking at how biofilms grow on surfaces and in different environments using force spectroscopy. Of course, I have fled Sheffield for sunny Newcastle, and so we are now working together with Andy Parnell in Sheffield who provides co-supervision, and a cheery nature. The photo shows Emilia in December 2022 at the final CDT showcase event, where she presented her work.