One of the key features of the TRAIN PhD training programme was to offer all the ESRs an opportunity toundertake a non-academic placement in their final year so that they could experience a workplace that was related to but different from their day-to-day academic routine. Several of our ESRs have completed these short term placement and in tis post we hear about the experience as told by ESR 9, Ziyanda, who spent 3 weeks at Anapath GmbH in Basel, Switzerland working on a dedicated project that will ultimately completed by three TRAIN ESRs. We thank the management and workforce of Anapath for giving them such a valualble insight into a different kind of laboratory.
Here is Ziyanda’s account.
I got the opportunity to do my non-academic placement with AnaPath Services, Based in Basel Switzerland from 14th October-1st November 2019. AnaPath Services are an independent and privately owned Swiss based company providing contract laboratoriy services. AnaPath is recognized for the scientific competence in toxicologic pathology and also neuropathology, inhalation pathology, bone marrow evaluations, immunological processes, pathology in unusual laboratory species (fish, amphibian, birds, and invertebrates), hard material techniques, immunohistochemistry/TCR, foetal pathology image analysis and molecular biology. AnaPath team is trained and knowledgeable in the areas of anatomy, toxicologic pathology, biomedical engineering, genetics, proteomics, histology and regulatory toxicology. They have a range of clients from areas such as pharmaceuticals, chemicals, agrochemicals, medical devices and many more.
During my placement I gained vast knowledge on multiple areas such as toxicological studies of bone and cartilage, automated immunohistochemistry processes and image analysis, mineral evaluation via electron microscopy and also, validation of gene expression processes via Real-time qPCR.
The non-academic experience has given me an insight on the day-to-day running of a GLP laboratory company. I was able to observe new and ongoing projects from the design, operationalization testing, data collection and analysis to theoretical interpretation of results. The highlight of my placement was being able to work closely with members of staff who have specialist knowledge on various areas such as molecular biology, pathology, and toxicology. As a final year PhD student thinking about my future career pathway, the experience was truly invaluable!