Ms Rebecca Porter

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1. Can you tell us a bit about your role within the Institute?

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My official title is ‘Senior Research Technician’ and this covers; Training people to work safely in the Labs, Maintaining lab equipment, ensuring that we are compliant in terms of Health & Safety regulations and with other regulations such as GLP and HTA. I order consumables for the labs, and staff and students come to me for assistance with repair of lab and estate equipment, this is probably because after 11 years at the Institute and 20 years with UCL, I have a good knowledge of where everything is or should be! I also line manage a number of other technical staff at IOMS.

2. From a result of your work, what differences are made?

I hope I save the Institute money, as I am pretty good at fixing things now! On a more serious note, I think my role has given the continuity, coupled with my knowledge, to the lab users as in times past laboratory staff have been thin on the ground so I have been able to keep the labs running from term to term, year to year. I therefore contribute to the general smooth running of the laboratories and to IOMS in general. I also give advice to academics on projects and project management and feel that I make a big difference to the way the projects are delivered. Hopefully in some way I have been involved in the successful translation of a number of research projects into clinical practice.

3. What is a typical day for you?

Firstly I check labs and equipment when I arrive to make sure all is in working order and everything is safe to use, then deal with day to day problems and enquiries. I help students ascertain if the tissue culture cells are growing and I often have a training/induction session arranged with new students or staff.I meet with reps from various lab equipment companies. SometimesI am required to set up machinery and oversee the use of this machinery until the user is proficient enough to manage alone. Occasionally we have outside agencies, universities or other departments that come on-site to use our equipment. I sit on various different committees’ representing lab management for every day and also for the upcoming re-build.

4. What are your highlights of the past 12 months?

There haven’t been any big projects for me over the last year but an on-going highlight is seeing the students complete their courses. It is very satisfying to see their appreciation and feel that I have made some difference to their career.

5. What is planned for the next 12 months?

I am a member of the local committee for the RNOH re-build. I am looking forward to having some input and being involved with the new facilities. The re-build, especially for me the labs, will improve everything we do immeasurably.

6. If you weren’t a Senior Lab Technician, what would your ideal job be?

As a child I always wanted to be a vet, but other than that I am happy with the role I have and wouldn’t want to do anything else.

7. How do you relax?

I enjoy walking and hiking, although I do not get as much chance now as I used to! I also enjoy bird watching.

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