3 August 2016

In our spotlight feature we catch up with our team and get to know more about them and their working life. Today we are speaking with Dr Shraddha Aptekar, our Senior Research Scientist.

Hi Shrads, so tell us a little bit about your job and what you do on a daily basis?

As a Senior Research Scientist, my job is to mainly work on laboratory focused research and development. On a daily basis, I work on continuous improvement and development of new and existing methods, which can assist in delivering customer projects on a timely basis.

What particular job have you enjoyed working on over the past year?

I have enjoyed every bit of this job. Coming from a cell biology background, I have gained most of the molecular biology skills in a very short period of time. Learning these skills has helped me in understanding processes related to the customer projects. This has enabled me to successfully plan, setting up and optimise experiments accordingly. Also, most processes being automated has helped me to understand the technical side of it and made my job much easier and quicker because of its high throughput. In addition, working as a team in discussing and solving problems to get the processes right in place, is what I have also enjoyed so far.

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

As my role is mainly to support research and development, main skills required are willingness to learn, problem solving, planning, and ability of persevering when things are going wrong. In addition, multi-tasking, time management, and organisational skills are essential in my role. I have successfully organised, planned, and managed my PhD and post doc work and that has helped me to transfer all the required skills in my current position.

Is there any advice you would give to young budding scientists who want to work in a commercial lab?

Yes, you have taken an absolute right decision to start your career in a commercial laboratory, as it is mainly research and development based. You will find commercial lab to be highly structured and problem focused. You will get to learn new processes related to various customer projects and at the same time, there will be an immense growth in your career in a short period of time.

Finally, what would you be doing if you weren’t a scientist?

If I weren’t a scientist, I would be pursuing my career in sales and marketing in any scientific environment or even retail. I have always liked to interact with distributors and customers providing excellent customer service during my previous role as a supervisor in retail.

Thanks for your time Shrads; we will let you get back to your experiment.