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I graduated in Canada with a Ph D in Biology. I spent a few years as a Post-doctoral Research Assistant in France (Montpellier) and Canada (Vancouver) carrying out research is various fields. I moved permanently to the UK in 1991 and worked for the University of Oxford for many years as Post-doctoral Research Assistant. In 2003, I obtained a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) from Brookes University and taught Science and French for a few years. In 2012, I joined the Nuffield Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology as a Research Technician for the Oxford Safer Pregnancy Alliance team (OSPREA).
My role as Research Technician for the Oxford Safer Pregnancy Alliance team (OSPREA) means I am responsible for the samples taken for a number of research projects (blood, urine, saliva, placenta). I receive the samples from our Research Midwives and along with my colleague Dr Sarah Hutchinson, I process and appropriately store the samples, always mindful of working carefully and accurately to the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) required by each study, to ensure all the samples are processed in the same correct way. I manage databases, and process researcher access requests for the samples they need. I organise the transport of clinical samples to commercial and academic partners.
I also assist the Laboratory Manager. I receive and distribute the departmental deliveries, maintain the liquid Nitrogen stocked for the cell bank tanks, keep the stock laboratory equipment and goods at appropriate level, and monitor the -80C freezers status with t-Scan.