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photo bannerHi, my name is Gemma. I graduated from Sheffield Hallam University in 2006 with a 2.1 BSc Honours degree in Human Biosciences. I am currently working as a Trainee Technician within the Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, here at the University of Sheffield. I joined the department in September 2008 on a 2 year contract and hope to become a permanent member of technical staff once I have completed my training.

So far this year I have worked in the following areas: Plants and Microbial Culture Maintenance, Teaching Support, Analytical Science, Organismal Biology, Molecular Ecology and Controlled Environments. This has given me the opportunity to observe and attempt a wide range to practical tasks from setting up first year undergraduate teaching practicals to culturing fungal isolates and calibrating growth cabinets.

Whilst in Molecular Ecology I had the opportunity to attend a Molecular Genetic Techniques course run by the Sheffield Molecular Genetics Facility, this included an introduction to DNA extraction, Polymerase Chain Reaction and Genotyping.

I am currently working in Photography and Digital Imaging, which involves learning such techniques as digital image editing, photography, creating websites, scanning and using vector graphics.

During the second year of training it is expected that I will spend further time in two areas of the Department and will build on the skills developed in the first year.

My degree specialised in human biology so it has been interesting to divert from this and work in one of the largest departments in the UK devoted to the study of whole organism biology. Having the chance to work in areas specialising in both animal and plant sciences has given me a great overview of the varied work carried out within the Department.

photo of GemmaAbout Me

Outside of work I like to keep active and enjoy driving, cooking, walking, shopping, socialising, reading, visiting family and spending time at home with my partner.

Contact me at gem.smith@sheffield .ac.uk

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