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I am the Senior Technician in the Microbiology Technical Team based in the Knight Building. We organise the SBS microbiology practicals. I demonstrate in the Introductory Microbiology module and have previously demonstrated in the Building Blocks of Life module, for which I am lead technician. In the spring term I will be lead technician for the Function of the Bacterial Cell module.
I also work closely with the Knight Building researchers to make sure that we offer high quality research support as well.
I will be training undergraduates and post graduates to use equipment we have in the building such as centrifuges. Health and safety is a priority and we are always striving to make improvements and implement best practice. I work part time and cover the responsibilities of the Technical Manager, who is also part time, when she is not here.
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I am based in the Knight Building in Central Services which provides valuable support for both teaching and research. We process discard for Knight Building, provide sterile glassware, offer a media preparation service and organise the Microbiology practicals. We also provide support to undergraduate project students and postgraduate students. We maintain two microbiology teaching laboratories and all the equipment associated with them. We are a dedicated team that take pride in what we do and always try to provide a high standard of service.
I have a BSc in Environmental Science from Portsmouth University and have worked at the University of Reading since 2012, spending 4 years in with the National Centre for Biotechnology Education before moving to Microbiology.