I am one of the lab technicians working for QIB’s Operations division.
My duties are to help support the work in both CL2 and CL3 laboratories as well as helping to improve operations around the building. I started at the Quadram Institute having already worked for quite some time over at the Earlham Institute helping with the collaborative efforts between EI and the NHS to provide LAMP asymptomatic COVID-19 testing in East Anglia. Prior to that I worked for the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital swabbing patients and key workers for both COVID-19 and MRSA. As a result, I have developed an interest in infection biology and high containment lab work.
In 2019, I completed a BSc in Biological Sciences at the UEA , doing my dissertation in Professor Grant Wheeler’s lab to look at the role of microRNA’s in neural crest development in early stage Xenopus embryos. I also hold a NEBOSH Award in Health and Safety (something I am particularly passionate about) and I am a member of the Green Impact team at QIB, helping to support sustainable and green initiatives around the institute.