Analyst II, Quality
I would encourage any women that was interested in science to pursue their passion and not to be afraid of doing something you love.
Why did you join BPL?
My previous job was researched based and so I wanted to be part of a company that had a more direct impact on patients.
How did you get into a pharma/science sector?
Since I was at school, I used to love science and from a young age I was always curious of how and why the body functioned the way it did. At university I studied Biochemistry to further understand how these small atoms and particles was able work together and create entire species that were all built from the same base atoms but were all so different. I found it fascinating that we were similar to so many different species on a biochemical level and how we used that to our advantage to create medicines for ourselves.
What’s your day-to-day?
As an analyst my week can be quite varied. At the start of the week, we get a rough schedule as to which batches are due to go out and what assays need to be conducted. Typically, I perform an antibody potency or viral marker assays daily. Alongside this, I will help the team with any issues that may arise including raising deviations and events.
What have you achieved that you are most proud of at BPL (or elsewhere)?
I’m most proud of my MHFA (Mental Health First Aider) qualification. BPL sponsored a two-day mental health course for a group of people interested in learning more about helping people with their mental health. I found this course incredibly challenging on a personal level. It was remarkable to hear people’s stories and journeys of their own mental health, and why they also wanted to be part of the course.
Any advice for other women who’d like to work in science?
I would encourage any women that was interested in science to pursue their passion and not to be afraid of doing something you love. If there are any women that have inspired you, go speak to them, listen to their stories and learn from them.