• Question: What do you find most interesting about your job?

    Asked by sophie17 on 17 Sep 2019. This question was also asked by quest, emg17, veronica17.
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      Carol Wallace answered on 17 Sep 2019:

      I work in a research lab, so my days are never routine.
      I can be doing DNA/RNA extractions, working with microscopes, growing cell lines and lots of other different techniques.
      This adds to the excitement as the work is never boring.
      It is often challenging as you attempt to get a technique to work – and very rewarding when it does and gives you some answers to your questions.
      But of course the answers usually lead to more questions……..

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      Bryony Hockin answered on 17 Sep 2019:

      I love getting to travel all over the world to talk about chemistry with people in different countries! Chemistry is a universal language – even if we’re not speaking English, the science is still the same, and still really exciting.

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      Aileen Baird answered on 20 Sep 2019:

      I love being able to work outside as well as in the lab- it gives more variety which is more interesting!

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      Robert Dempsey answered on 20 Sep 2019:

      Lots of things really! I think the variety of my job keeps me interested and engaged. I do like having freedom to design and conduct my own research, I can develop my own interests based on the research we’ve done in the past and ideas that we are developing and want to test. It’s always nice to see your research being published, especially when you and your colleagues have put many hours of hard work in!

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      Dmitry Dereshev answered on 20 Sep 2019:

      I LOVE investigating things, and doing a PhD gives you the challenge of investigation daily.

      + I get to work with the lasest tech, like robots, VR, and artificial intelligence.

      AND you suddenly find that whatever obscure thing you are interested in, there is a large community of people to discuss it with.

      Perks all around, really πŸ™‚

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      Hayley Pincott answered on 20 Sep 2019:

      I love assisting the pathologist when they start to dissect the specimen we’ve received. It’s at this point that we can really see what is going on and have a better idea of a diagnosis. I learn so much during this time because ‘m really annoying and ask lots of questions. I’ve learnt so much about anatomy especially since I’ve worked in the University Dental Hospital. We’re very specialist so I get to see and experience so much more than probably a lot of other people who work in a hospital biomedical science lab.

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      Sylvia Soldatou answered on 22 Sep 2019:

      My job has given me the opportunity to travel the world and also work in different labs across the world. I’v met many exceotional scientists and some of them have become good friends.
      I mainly work in a lab doing different exeperiments therefore each day is completely different from the previous one. I also do a bi of tecahing and I love the interaction with the students

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      Nina Rzechorzek answered on 22 Sep 2019:

      Seeing circadian rhythms in action in human brain cells in a dish!

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      Rachel Hardy answered on 23 Sep 2019:

      I love the fact that I am constantly designing experiments to help us find out new things. Fior example, I have recently been feeding fruit flies with different drugs, to see if they can induce Parkinson’s disease-like symptoms. This will help us to discover if these drugs can induce serious side-effects like tese in humans.

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      Cheryl Williams answered on 25 Sep 2019:

      There are many things I love about my job:
      I get to help patients get better from illnesses without being directly involved with them. I have a terrible bedside manner!
      I get to test new pieces of technology that helps to diagnose infectious diseases. I have to write up projects and experiments which I really enjoy.
      I have responsibility and I work with my team to make decisions on how the lab is run.
      I am doing a job that allows me to apply knowledge and skills I learned at college and uni.
      I love science!

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      Cheryl Williams answered on 25 Sep 2019:

      I like learning about and testing new technology that allows me to diagnose infectious diseases quicker and therefore gives a more positive patient xperience.

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      Jo Collins answered on 1 Oct 2019:

      I like that no two days are the same. Some days I travel, some days I’m in the office. Some days are full of meetings, other days I get round to doing emails. Then the work itself can vary hugely.

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      Katie Benson answered on 4 Nov 2019:

      Every day is so different, with different highlights, but my favourite and most interesting part of my job is when I can find the genetic cause of a patient’s disease. I often feel a little like a detective trying to figure out what’s wrong with people. It’s really great to be able to give a patient and their family an answer to why they’ve been so poorly.

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      Miriam Hogg answered on 4 Nov 2019:

      I like trying to find answers to questions. My research currently is looking at white dwarfs, which are stars at the end of thier lives. Even though these stars are ‘dead’ they still have lots of activity going on around them and there are lots of questions we haven’t answered about them. I love the idea that I can try and answer a question like this. I use all my training to work out what I think the answer might be and it might be right, or it might be proven wrong. But I have still helped us understand something a bit better either way. Some days I am reading other peoples work and ideas, some days I am running simulations of my own ideas, and others I am analysing data, every day is different. If i’m not in the mood to work on soemthing one day I can choose to do soemthing else. I don’t have deadlines to get work done so I can work at my own pace.