Exploring the realm of biomedical research is quite the adventure, just ask Cameron Fyfe. He's studying for an MSc in Precision Medicine and Pharmacological Innovation and got the chance to roll up his sleeves and really get stuck in during a 12-week work placement with Antibody Analytics. His time with us has been all about diving into a lively, friendly team and getting a taste of life at a rapidly growing business. Here’s what Cameron had to say:
How was your overall experience at Antibody Analytics?
Cameron: It's been superb, better than I could have hoped. I expected to be assisting in someone else's work, but instead, I had the opportunity to manage my own project. It's been eye-opening and way beyond what I anticipated.
What was it like working with the team at Antibody Analytics?
Cameron: It's been incredibly valuable. Omar was a fantastic guide, but the entire team, with their diverse backgrounds have been really helpful. They have enhanced my experience in countless unexpected ways.
Can you describe the work environment?
Cameron: It's unusually friendly and welcoming. Everyone is super nice. The atmosphere is different from typical workplaces, and it's something most companies should aspire to achieve.
What were your initial thoughts about an industry laboratory and how did the reality compare?
Cameron: I thought it would be quite serious, isolated and perhaps a bit gloomy, but it's been anything but that. It's an inviting, vibrant place where we scientists are valued contributors.
Why have you chosen to explore industry over academia?
Cameron: For me, the appeal of the industry lies in its balance and security. Unlike academia, where work can spill over into the weekends, the industry follows a more structured 9-5 schedule. This gives me the chance to maintain a healthy work-life balance. Plus, there's the thrill of being part of a team, working together towards a shared vision. It's pretty rewarding.
How did your dissertation project, 'Luciferase expressing cell lines using lentivirus transduction,’ unfold at Antibody Analytics?
Cameron: This project wasn't solely about addressing a particular research question, but more so about the development process itself. With the immense support from the team, we successfully created these cell lines, which will be of great benefit to Antibody Analytics and its customers.
What advice would you give to someone considering a placement at Antibody Analytics?
Cameron: If you're eager to understand the industry better and love to learn, Antibody Analytics is an excellent choice. Embrace the opportunities, be open to learning new things and ready to dive into hands-on experiences. The rewards of working here, both in terms of knowledge and personal growth, are fantastic.
Any final thoughts?
Cameron: Just a massive thank you to the entire team at Antibody Analytics. I couldn't have achieved what I did without their invaluable support. This experience has been great, and I'm definitely a better researcher because of it.
Cameron's experience at Antibody Analytics was a slice of the real world of biomedical research, offering him the opportunity to gain valuable insights and make meaningful contributions. It was a steppingstone that added to his expertise in precision medicine and pharmacological innovation. As he moves forward, we're excited to see where his career takes him, and we wish him all the best. His future is bright and we're grateful we got to be a part of his journey.