Associate Practitioner in Molecular Haematology: The Royal London Hospital
Abigail graduated with a degree in Human Biology from Loughborough University in 2018. Since then, Abigail has gone on to work as a Associate Practitioner in Molecular Haematology. Find out more about her career journey below.
My job role entails performing laboratory procedures such as DNA/RNA extractions and various assays in order to aid in the diagnosis and/or management of haematological malignancies and solid tumours.
Within the Human Biology BSc, I enjoyed the genetics modules the most, such as Human Genetics and Forensic DNA analysis. The rapidly advancing knowledge-base of genetics and how we can use this to benefit patient care is what has led me to work in a diagnostic laboratory.
The Human Biology teaching staff encouraged me to apply for funding for a 6-week research project related to an area of Human Biology.
Under the supervision of my genetics lecturer, I spent the summer between my second and third year in the laboratory at Loughborough conducting research related to the genetics of diabetes. This was an important developmental period where I gained skills which benefited me in my third-year project and in my career.
After graduating I then opted to complete a MSc in Genomic Medicine.
I gained the majority of my basic laboratory skills during the 'wet-labs' I undertook within the Human Biology BSc. My third-year project was 'wet-lab' based and this gave me an insight of how to organise myself within a laboratory setting, as well as a lot of problem solving.
My highlight was meeting people from the other side of the UK, other countries all together, and some that live down the road - all in the small town of Loughborough. We remain very close friends who shared the ups and downs of university life.