19th September, 2017

An insight into working at Aptamer Group

Mateja joined Aptamer Group in August as a Selection Technician. Now she has had the chance to  settle in and become established in her role, we took the opportunity to catch up with her.Selection Technician

Can you tell us a bit about your Ph.D.?

I have just finished the research aspect of my Ph.D. focusing on the use of aptamers against lung cancer. This project required me to select my own aptamers using SELEX and then test their specificity against cell lines. The specificity was tested using Flow Cytometry and compared to aptamers from literature using bioinformatics tools.

What attracted you to the role at Aptamer Group?

It was during Aptamers 2016 in Oxford (click here for information on Aptamers 2018) that I heard Dr Bunka (CTO) speak about the use of aptamers to discover new biomarkers and was fascinated. There are very few opportunities to work with aptamers so I found Edward Barnes (Laboratory Manager) during the conference to discuss any possible opportunities at Aptamer Group.

How are you finding your new role here at Aptamer Group?

It is everything I had hoped for and more! Having come from an academic laboratory, it is great to have structure and organisation during every aspect of my job. Everyone is really friendly and have supported me to settle in a new country.

What does a ‘normal day’ look like?

As a Selection Technician my day to day duties are quite consistent. The science involved for selection remains the same; however the specific conditions and targets are different. This means adapting to the needs of a project.

What skills do you need to be effective in your position?

Technical ability can be developed over time; the main skill I use is organisation. Each selection requires management of time through effective planning and multitasking.

Thanks Mateja, it is great to hear from you.

 

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