Biomedical Scientist, National Health Service
I was born/grew up in: Manila, Philippines
I now live in: Birmingham, England, United Kingdom
I completed my training/education at: BSc Biomedical Sciences, University of Sunderland
Describe what you do at work.
I process a range of patient samples to see if there are any micro-organisms growing on them. This may mean smearing samples onto agar plates and then looking for any growth the next day. Or it might mean putting the samples on an automated analyser which will produce the test results. I use a computer to book the test request. I also will input the results of the tests using a computer program. These results are then sent to the doctor. These results are used to make a diagnosis of the patient's condition and to see the best treatment option for them.
When I was a student I enjoyed:
How does your job affect people’s lives?
Without the work of biomedical scientists, doctors will find it hard to determine the condition of the patient. Knowing the type of micro-organisms present helps the doctor choose the best antibiotics that are suitable for them. It is very fulfilling knowing that my work (although it is done behind the scenes!) is able to help the patient progress from being ill to being well again.
What motivates you in your career?
I get to work with other healthcare professionals both inside and outside of the lab. I am also able to see many interesting-looking organisms under the microscope. I also attend events outside of the lab where I speak with the general public on the importance of lab testing.
When I was a student, I would have described myself as someone who:
Describe your career path to this career.
From an early age I knew I wanted to have a science-related job but I wasn't sure what kind exactly. At university, I first studied a different program. But this program didn't feel right at the time so I switched to the Biomedical Sciences program. I got this job when I graduated. I started off as a lab assistant while completing my training and worked my way up.
What activities do you like to do outside of work?
I enjoy reading books and watching YouTube videos (mostly makeup tutorials and fashion hauls). I also like travelling and trying out new places to eat.
What advice or encouragement would you give others seeking a similar career?
Try and ask at your local hospital if you can have a tour around the lab - if you can practice streaking agar plates for them, so much the better!