Emily Staricoff is a PhD student who works under supervision in Dr Mark Evans’ Group. Mark sees patients with type 1 diabetes alongside his research work. What could cause you to feel hungry, dizzy, shaky or even irritable? These are all common symptoms of low blood sugar (hypoglycaemia). Luckily, our bodies try to prevent our blood sugar becoming too low. For example, hunger encourages us to eat, helping to raise blood sugar levels. People using insulin to treat diabetes have an increased risk of experiencing low blood sugar. Over time, they can gradually stop realising that their blood sugar is falling, until it becomes dangerously low.We don’t know why people might lose awareness of having low blood sugar, but I hope my research will help solve some of this puzzle. Orla Woodward is a PhD student working in a group led by Profs Fiona Gribble and Frank Reimann. The group undertakes mostly basic research with a focus on gut hormones. If you had £6 billion, what would you spend it on?This is how much the NHS spends on obesity-related ill-health each year. Being overweight or obese greatly increases the risk of serious diseases including type 2 diabetes and cancer. There is growing evidence that obesity increases the risk of complications related to COVID-19.I study how chemical signals from our gut communicate with our brain to regulate how much food we eat. This research will help us understand why some people eat more than others and will lead to more effective treatments for obesity, reduce health and economic costs, and improve lives. Carole Smith is PA to Professor Sir Stephen O’Rahilly. She’s been working at the IMS-MRL since 2012. My job can be a juggling act. I deal with many different admin tasks that enable the Director to concentrate on his various roles.I certainly have to be ‘on the ball’ as every day presents a different challenge. I need to be extremely well-organised, quick-thinking, understanding and calm under pressure as the diary can change by the minute. A friendly face and a welcoming, courteous manner are important too.I joined the Institute because of the role rather than the science as I’ve always enjoyed the rewarding nature of a support administrative role, however my contribution helps the science along the way. Jane Sugars worked in research before moving on to academic-related roles. She’s been in her current role since 2016. Lack of transparency, misconceptions, fake news… The scientific community aims to address these issues through conversations with the public about research. We think more engagement with research will boost scientific literacy.The public is our biggest stakeholder. Metabolic diseases impact us all so we want you to have opportunities to share your priorities and experiences. Plus much of our research is public funded.My role is to promote this type of engagement – and I enjoy the variety. Some of my most stimulating days have involved talks in a pub, games on a bus and a lab in a cathedral!