Sandra Chiwanza

Favourite Thing: Look under the microscope



University of Abertay, Dundee


BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science

Work History:

Valneva Scotland

Current Job:

Medical Technologist 1


Quintiles Ltd

Me and my work

I work in Microbiology where we collect data for various clinical trials to make sure the drugs are working and safe

I work in  the Microbiology department at Quintiles.

My Typical Day

A typical day in Microbiology consists of  three phases for myself. Since we are a small team, we all have defined  roles that determne how we  organise our day. In the morning,  we  read plates that were cultured the day before and enter the results into a computer. These  results are then faxed to all doctors.  I am in charge of stocktake and ordering, so this is what I do before lunch. After  lunch, we process all samples that have come in from different parts of Europe.

What I'd do with the money

My Interview

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

Straight-talking, patient and chilled-out

Who is your favourite singer or band?

Phil Wickham

What's your favourite food?

Veggie chilli

What is the most fun thing you've done?

white water rafting

What did you want to be after you left school?

A doctor

Were you ever in trouble in at school?


What was your favourite subject at school?


What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?

What or who inspired you to become a scientist?


If you weren't a scientist, what would you be?

Pastry chef in France

If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!

A husband, a new house and a new car

Tell us a joke.

Other stuff

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