• Question: when did you like to be a scientist?

    Asked by teentiantbymegan on 9 Mar 2020.
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      Ioana Grigoras answered on 9 Mar 2020:


      I went to medical school for 6 years and, while I was in medical training, I decided to work in a lab a couple of afternoons a week. I thought it would be a cool experience and that it would be good for my cv to do something else than just uni. Once I started, I absolutely loved it and that is when I decided I would switch to being a scientist instead of practicing medicine. It’s been about 8 years now 🙂

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      Nuru Noor answered on 9 Mar 2020:


      I think working as a doctor, I began to wonder if I could do things better or if there could be better treatments to help look after patients that I saw in hospital!

      That’s when I started to get interested in research and clinical trials (which test new treatments for medical conditions to get people feeling better) 👍

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      Sarah Clarke answered on 9 Mar 2020:


      I decided at 18years old that I wanted to be a scientist. When I was at school I wanted to be a vet but then I became allergic to animals. So I decided to study the immune system (immunology) at university so I could understand more about allergies. After this I went to medical school as I wanted to combine being a scientist with seeing patients. I now have a fantastic job where I do a bit of both – I am a children’s doctor and a scientist. I spend my time doing research understanding why some children get arthritis in the hope that one day I might find better treatments for my patients.

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      Sophie Arthur answered on 10 Mar 2020:


      I’ve always loved science so I have always liked being a scientist. I love learning about different things but also like that I have this different kind of career as a scientist in science communication

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      Katrina Wesencraft answered on 10 Mar 2020:


      I’ve enjoyed it the most this year of my PhD (so after studying science for 7 years!). There are still tough times but I like it more than the other jobs I’ve had.

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      Lotte de Winde answered on 10 Mar 2020:


      During a 10-week lab internship at the end of my BSc studies. Although almost everything went wrong, I still loved working in the lab, looking at cells and doing experiments.

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      Paige Chandler answered on 10 Mar 2020:


      I’ve always wanted to be a scientist. I took all science subjects at A-level and then went to study Biochemistry at Imperial College London. I’m now at Oxford Uni doing my PhD in Genetics. I really enjoy my work and studies, I like the idea that I’m helping people with my findings!

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      Petruta Morvay answered on 10 Mar 2020:


      Hi. I followed Veterinary Medicine and had lots of practical in the clinic. I loved working with the sick animals and treating them, but I felt something was missing. I liked to understand more on how it is possible that the same treatment helps one animals but not another with the same disease. I was very curious and reading a lot about diseases and their mechanisms and just couldn’t wait to find out more. I considered research being able to keep up with my curiosity and so I started a PhD and continued in science ever since. This was over ten years ago and I still have the same curiosity and love for science as in the beginning. 🙂

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      Andrea Kusec answered on 10 Mar 2020:


      I always liked science, but I didn’t think I’d be a scientist until I was 21 years old – this was when I started volunteering in a research lab and got a hands-on idea of what science is like. Since then, I’ve never looked back!

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      Samir Hopestone answered on 11 Mar 2020:


      I was always really into marine life and coral reefs when I was a kid, so I decided I wanted to study marine biology from then! However i didn’t really think of myself as a scientists until I started my current role at MRC Harwell.

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      Mahrukh Shameem answered on 12 Mar 2020:


      I think when I went to uni I realised it was something I liked

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      Sarah Brown answered on 13 Mar 2020:


      I did a research project on asthma during my masters degree (4 years ago) and enjoyed it so much that I decided to carry on doing it as PhD. It is tough at times but in general I really enjoy being a scientist.

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      Kate Mitchell answered on 13 Mar 2020:


      I decided to keep studying science when I was about 15, and then later I decided to carry on working in science.

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