Mike Leahy left school by 'mutual agreement' whilst studying for his A levels and began an apprenticeship as a motor mechanic. Mike was an active member of the environmental movement during the late 80s and early 90s and whilst still a mechanic he studied for a Biology A level at night school.
At the age of 26, armed with a single A level, he left mechanics to study for a degree in Environmental Biology at Oxford Brookes University and gained a First Class Honours degree within two years. Mike moved on to Oxford University to study for a DPhil in Virology. He was awarded his doctorate 2 1/2 years later. With 14 publications in international journals he is now considered a leader in the field of influenza virus replication. This is Mike's second Rough Science project.
Read about Mike's views on science in our interview, or learn more about the series from his Rough Science: Carriacou diary entries: