Laboratory Assistant – Rachel Kerslake

04 Aug Laboratory Assistant – Rachel Kerslake

Role: Laboratory Assistant, full-time
Organisation: Brunel University

Course studying: Biomedical Sciences
Year of graduation: 2019


A brief outline of my role…
My role was to aid a post doc on her research with CRISPR technology, the study of breast cancer cells and their reaction/regrowth when subjected to radiation.

Why I loved working here…
It was a fantastic opportunity to enhance my laboratory skills and learn about techniques outside of those on the course. The people were great to work with and allowed me to consider areas that I had not thought of in relation to my degree and future.

My proudest achievement or experience in this role…
Being able to successfully run timed samples simultaneously with radiation where over 120 flasks were to be analysed and frozen at set time intervals in quarantine. As well as looking down the microscope in week 3 and discovering that the culture we had been growing had successfully mutated into a new clone line, something that my team had been working on with no luck for the past few months.

How I have developed professionally since working here…
Professionally I have learnt to stick to timed schedules and to work alongside as well as respect other scientists.

My advice to students wanting to working in this industry/sector…
It will be the best thing you ever do, the experience of working in a small team-based lab will allow you to develop an extraordinary range of skills you otherwise wouldn’t get working in a corporate lab. The trust and support is very personal and allows you to develop a deeper understanding of how these techniques are put into practice. It’s also a lot of fun!!!