Incredibly well-spoken, Julian comes from a family with a
love of linguistics, dinner table debates and classical music.
Citing Vaughan Williams as his favourite composer, he says
his academic father and doctor mother encouraged him to
pursue his education from an early age.
"Everything interests me," he says. "It's just a matter of how much."
Julian is currently studying a PhD in molecular genetics and
biochemistry looking at cholesterol homeostasis.
"We've discovered a fun, exciting new mechanism whereby
one of the many enzymes that makes cholesterol is actually
degraded, destroyed by cholesterol so that's called an end
product feedback inhibition," he explains. Their massive
breakthrough was recently published in medical journals.
Although his PhD takes up most of his spare time, Julian also
enjoys playing his euphonium and is part of a marching band.
Extremely curious, Julian is hoping to gain a better
understanding into how the beauties look at the world.
"Why they value things that I usually don't value is interesting
to me," he says. "Presumably they have a good reason."
While he'll be able to offer his Beauty some guidance
in terms of basic learning, he's also hoping to spread
his enthusiasm for some of his other pursuits such as bird
watching, button and stamp collecting, miniature war
games and Dungeons and Dragons.
"All of us are enthusiastic about many things so maybe if I'm
enthusiastic about something then the beauties will be more
interested in something which they might not have thought
Confident and thoughtful, Julian has many female friends,
but so far it hasn't been effective in winning him a date.
"If there was a single girl who was interesting I would
probably say immediately, 'You are interesting, let's
go out', which might not actually be socially wise or sensible."