During her first chemistry experiments in secondary school, Dhanisha was captivated by the discipline of lab work. Now she brings that same rigorous approach to an important health research project.
It’s all about attention to detail, she says. “You don’t just say an experiment didn’t work. You go back and find out why and see if there’s any small thing you overlooked”.
Dhanisha’s main role is providing sole lab support on a multi-university research project into psoriasis. In addition, she maintains the lab and teaches lab techniques to new students.
However, she also does her own experiments in molecular biology. It’s a varied workload. “I could be growing cells one moment then processing blood or changing a CO2 cylinder”.
It takes discipline to get valid, repeatable results, but it’s something she enjoys. “It’s really rewarding when you go back to your desk, put all your data together and you’ve actually found something”.
Dhanisha - Career Pathway
Graduated with a BSc Honours in Pharmacology from Newcastle University, 2:1
Research work experience with the Diabetes Research Group, Institute of Cellular Medicine, on a research project carrying out tissue culture and molecular biology techniques
Part time Assistant Officer at HM Revenue and Customs, working with customer tax records and business insolvencies
Graduated with a postgraduate degree – Masters in Research (MRes) in Diabetes with a Distinction from Newcastle University
Full time Research Technician on PSORT UK project in Dermatology Research at Newcastle University
Stats - Laboratory Technician
Full Time Employed: 34,360
Part Time Employed: 6,902
Self Employed: 1,725
Total Employed: 42,987
Laboratory technicians carry out routine laboratory tests and checks, and perform a variety of technical support functions requiring the application of established or prescribed procedures and techniques to assist scientists with their research, development, analysis and testing, and to verify the physical, chemical and other characteristics of materials and products.
Science, engineering and production technicians n.e.c.
Job holders in this unit group perform a variety of technical support functions not elsewhere classified in MINOR GROUP 311: Science, Engineering and Production Technicians.