This month AvantiCell welcomed a new team member to the laboratory. Recent graduate Rebecca brings a whole host of new skills and ideas following her graduation from the University of Strathclyde with a Masters degree in Chemistry with Drug Discovery. Since completing an industrial placement with a Scottish biotech focused on the development of an immunohematology microarray, Rebecca has been keeping up-to-date with the latest technologies being developed in Scotland and is looking forward to helping AvantiCell further develop our cell-based technologies for drug discovery.
To find out more about our new team mate we gave Rebecca a short Q&A;
What attracted you to apply to work for AvantiCell Science?
I was attracted to AvantiCell because of the company’s founding principle that “advances in cell culture technology enable the development of physiologically-relevant alternatives to animal testing”. I have always believed that there is a better alternative to the traditional animal testing carried out in modern drug discovery and I think that the work carried out at AvantiCell will help enable drug development to be carried out ethically, with greater efficacy and in an improved timeframe by using physiologically relevant human cell models.
How do you feel about the type of work we perform here?
I am very interested in the work carried out at AvantiCell. I am impressed with the scope of research across all the different partnership projects which are currently being carried out. I am particularly interested in the Pandora project as this involves the use of gold nanoparticles, a particular interest of mine due to completing my masters project using gold nanoparticles as the basis of a multiplexed sensor. I also think that the EuroNeuroTrophin project is very interesting and will hopefully lead to a novel drug design for neurodegenerative diseases which affects millions of people every year.
Have you always been interested in science and pursuing a scientific career?
I didn’t always know what career I wanted to have in the future. When deciding to go to university it was a hard choice between dentistry or chemistry, but I think I made the right decision in choosing to study chemistry as I really enjoyed my course and I’m looking forward to a career in the biotechnology and drug discovery industry.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
In my spare time I do a lot of cooking. I love cooking both Indian and Italian food, especially making homemade pasta and gnocchi! I also enjoy spending time with friends and family.
What has been your biggest achievement to date?
My biggest achievement to date is definitely completing my Masters degree with a First Class. It was a lot of hard work and late nights in the library but it definitely paid off in the end!
Where in the world would you like to travel?
Last summer I spent three weeks traveling around the deep south of America in a campervan! It was an amazing experience and I definitely plan on doing it again. I’d love to see more of the states or possibly drive around the coast of Australia!
Where do you see yourself in 10 years’ time?
I would hope that in 10 years’ time I am still enjoying a career in science. I would love to have a career which allows me to continually build upon my knowledge and make a difference to the scientific community.
Welcome to the team Rebecca!