Leahy left school by 'mutual agreement' while studying for
his A levels and began an apprenticeship as an auto mechanic.
Mike was an active member of the environmental movement during
the late 80s and early 90s and while 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 Honors degree within two
years. Mike moved on to Oxford University to study for a PhD
in Virology. He was awarded his doctorate 2½
years later. With 14 publications in international journals
he is now considered a leader in the field of influenza virus
This is Mike's third Rough Science project.