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Biomedical Science Degree Apprentice shares her story on International Day of Women and Girls in Science

It's International Day of Women and Girls in Science and we want you to meet Morgan, one of our medical laboratory assistants, who is doing a Biomedical Science Degree Apprenticeship with us.

A photograph of a woman smiling into the camera A photograph of a woman looking into a microscope
A photograph of a woman smiling into the camera A photograph of a woman looking into a microscope

“At CUH, I work in the Cambridge cellular therapy laboratory (CCTL) formerly known as the stem cell laboratory because - you guessed it - we work with stem cells.

“We use these to help treat cancer patients and provide them (via transplant) with their own or donated healthy stem cells which restores their immune system as this is wiped out due to a conditioning chemo treatment they receive prior to transplant.

“The transplant aims to eliminate all cancerous cells in bone marrow and returns their stem cells to a healthy condition in the hope of remission or cure for the patient. In addition to this service, we also are involved with Advanced Medicinal Therapeutic Products which are licensed drugs formed from cells that we are involved with (closely linked with clinical trials).

"The degree apprenticeship I have undertaken is Biomedical Science Degree Apprenticeship.

It has been my ultimate dream of becoming a fully qualified biomedical scientist since I knew such job role existed.

"There have been obstacles that have meant that I had taken different paths to what I expected but ultimately, the position I am in now, job wise and education wise, I couldn't be happier! I am in 1st Year, so I have a fair way to go - but I am excited for everything ahead of me!

"It really is the golden opportunity of a lifetime!

"Lastly, thank you to all the empowering women within the Trust who continue to contribute to the excellence of CUH."