Meet your MHLS technician’s committee whose main aim is to represent our technical staff within the Faculty. We plan to bring forward your opinions and ideas to help highlight and build on our technician’s crucial contribution to research and teaching activities.
I have been a technician in Queens for 25 years. My current role consists of preparing simulated models from Venepuncter Arms to the High fidelity life size "Sim-man" and the "Harvey" heart mannequin. I produce medical skills videos for online learning and, being the Health and Safety Officer, I ensure a safe working environment for all.
I am a Technician in the Practice of Pharmacy in the School of Pharmacy. I am directly involved in the teaching/supervision of pharmacy students. I am responsible for checking the accuracy of all medicinal products and devices they dispense, including controlled drugs. Whilst I work alongside pharmacists, I fundamentally want to ensure that all advice I provide to the student cohort is reliable and represents current best practice, given that these students are future pharmacists and the majority will be directly interacting with members of the public/patients.
I have been working in Queens as a Technician for 15 years, and most of these years in Cancer Research, in the late Prof Paddy Johnston’s Research group focusing on Colorectal Cancer. I enjoy the buzz of the research environment, and the diversity it brings. Key skills are: Tissue Culture, Molecular Biology, Flow Cytometry and Next Generation Sequencing.
I’m currently working within the Centre for Experimental Medicine, WWIEM, SMDBS. As a technician/floor manager, I oversee laboratory operations, specialist equipment and safety on level 3 WWIEM including the CEM histology unit and a live animal Bio-Imaging Unit in the MBC. I am a COSHH supervisor, First Aider, Fire Evacuation Warden and the Laser Safety Officer for CEM.
I began working in QUB in 1995 as a Research Technician in Animal Behaviour and since 1999 have been part of Ecosystem Biology and Sustainability, in the School of Biological Sciences. I am responsible for a number of research laboratories which accommodate a great variety of ecological research. I advise staff and students in experimental setup, both in the laboratory and in the field and I am responsible for Fieldwork Safety. I organise and teach on undergraduate fieldcourses in Biodiversity, Applied Ecology and Coastal & Oceanic Biology, in particular instructing on identification and taxonomy of invertebrates.
Currently I work in the Halo Research Group in School of Pharmacy carrying out microbiological and molecular research on Cystic Fibrosis patient samples including antibiotic susceptibility testing and PCR. Part of my job also involves management of the lab – ordering reagents for the group, arranging services and repairs for equipment, training of new members of staff and students and keeping our Human Tissue Database up to date.
In 2010, I became a Laboratory Floor Manager which involves overseeing the day to day running and management of all the laboratories in the Centre for Public Health. Further to my HPLC experience, I am also experienced in ELISA analysis. I also advise staff and students regarding new study set up, processing, storage and analysis of blood samples for new research studies.
I started my employment at Queen’s in the Department of Botany in February 1981 as a trainee technician in the Electron microscopy unit. Here I progressed through the ranks managing the Teaching area within The School of Biological Sciences. With experience gained across a diverse range of disciplines within our School I was appointed into the Chief Technician position in 2008. Due to experience gained throughout my career in the School, I was asked to be project manager of the new School building in Chlorine Gardens. This has been an encompassing role from design to future occupation and has been thoroughly challenging and rewarding.
I am a Senior Technician in the Centre for Biomedical Sciences Education (School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences) having started working at QUB in 1998. I now manage the Centre’s Histology and Cell Biology laboratory which facilitates taught undergraduate and post-graduate degree programmes along with supporting research projects. I contribute toward the teaching of a number of modules and am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) having completed the PGCHET course at QUB. I also contribute to QUB initiatives including Gender Equality, Green Impact and Staff Wellbeing.
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