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Meet the superheroes: Laser Lady

Laser Lady uses her incredible powers to create laser beams which can be used to see inside people, without hurting them! She uses the power of light to see things like veins and muscles to help understand illnesses and make people feel better. 

Rachel Lennon, Postgraduate Researcher, University of Exeter smiling

Name: Rachel Lennon.

Job: Postgraduate Researcher, University of Exeter.

Hobbies: Playing the clarinet, saxophone and flute in jazz bands and orchestras.

How did you get where you are now?
I always wanted to use science to help people. I used to think that meant being a medical doctor in a hospital but then I realised I could do other kinds of science – like making sure the machines that they use in hospitals and the treatments given to patients work properly.

How does your job help people?
I work with lasers – powerful beams of light – which can be used to take pictures inside your body if you’re ill or hurt. The problem is that light doesn’t travel through skin! I’m working on ways to solve this problem.

What’s the best thing about what you do?
I work in an amazing laser laboratory and do lots of experiments! I don’t wear a white coat but I wear cool goggles that protect my eyes from being damaged by the laser.

Rachel Lennon superhero avatar illustrating lasers