Mah Hussain-Gambles is a biker, a rock music fan and a pharmacologist. Her childhood began in Pakistan and ended in Hull, where she was the only pupil with Asian heritage in her comprehensive school. Following a degree in Pharmacology, success as a scientist in industry and as social scientist in academia, she decided to use her scientific expertise to set up an ethical skincare company – Saaf Pure Skincare – using her own garage as the warehouse, her kitchen as the formulation department, and her own phone and email as the customer relations department. She developed the company and brought up her children together; the company now sells products worldwide. Mah relates her interest in science to a childhood love of exploration, Star Trek, a tendency not to follow the crowd and a natural curiosity – or ‘nosiness’.