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Scientist Turns Detective

Newcastle Science City aims to encourage more young people to study science, and here is one example of a successful student who now has a rewarding and challenging career in the health service.

Biomedical Scientist Amie Davies, who works for Newcastle NHS Foundation Trust, sees her job as similar to a TV detective.

She grows bugs from all different types of tissues from wounds, swabs, bones, green phlegm and even urine, to painstakingly work through the findings and identify the best treatment to cure the patient’s problem.

Eight years on from graduating, Amie is now based at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle and said: “I really enjoy my work and getting to the bottom of things. For example I am involved in diagnosing whether someone has HIV, and while sometimes my results mean bad news for the patient, it is important to remember we also bring positive results, where people are found to be free of a particular disease - that is a great part of the job.”

Amie adds: “The pay is pretty good for biomedical scientist trainees and the work is varied. You can also work in genetics and haematology, biochemistry, and immunology as well as microbiology which is my main field.”

To encourage more people to study science, Amie is a Science and Engineering Ambassador, a programme managed by the Science Technology Education and Mathematics Network (STEMNET), which complements Newcastle Science City’s work in its aim to bring scientists’ real life experience to young people, to inspire them to take up posts in science related subjects.

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