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Jéssica Vasconcelos Amaro - Specialist Biomedical Scientist

Healthcare Science Specialism: Biochemical Genetics Unit

What does your job involve?

The BGU lab screens roughly 30 000 babies per year, in East Anglia, as part of the National Screening Program.

Our laboratory performs newborn screening for inborn errors of metabolism and haemoglobinopathies, metabolic investigations to aid the diagnostic and monitoring of inherited metabolic disorders and analysis of immunosuppressant drugs for therapeutic monitoring of transplant patients or patients with autoimmune diseases.

What’s the best thing about your job?

Coming to work knowing that I have a multidisciplinary team that always tries to put the patient care first while working in a safe manner, being kind and performing their tasks to be best of their ability.

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When we work as a team, we can provide a very reliable and effective service.

What qualifications led you to this role?

I have a degree in Biomedical Sciences and a Masters degree in Biotechnology / Applied Bioscience.

What career opportunities are available?

Research and development, manufacturing, teaching, quality management, health and safety.

Do you have advice for someone interested in a career in healthcare science?

Training is very important so take any chances you get to work on your practical skills. Get to know the market and learn what discipline you’re passionate about before investing years of study into it.