Biomedical scientist

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“I knew all along that I wanted to do something that makes a difference and betters the lives of others and I’m now able to help people, using scientific methods and the skills I’ve gained.”

What do you do?

I knew all along that I wanted to do something that makes a difference and betters the lives of others and I’m now able to help people, using scientific methods and the skills I’ve gained.

I was supported to complete an MSc and my research as part of it contributed to improving the investigations we carry out on patients.

What is your typical day?

In this role, you have to keep up to date with news about and changes to the field. I start the day with a coffee, reading emails and checking the Health Protection Agency website.

I then start my ‘bench work’, which involves interpreting bacterial cultures from patient samples by examining bacteria under microscopes. Medics often come to the lab with unusual and interesting cases which we often help them solve.

At lunchtime, there are often seminars that I can attend. I then finish the afternoon completing any outstanding work and reporting results.