We are privileged to work with the team at the Marine Institute since our foundation, supporting them as leaders in their field across the stellar work they perform – marine research, technology development and innovation – as a state agency.
Q. Tell us what a typical workday looks like for you?
My job involves a nice mixture of fieldwork, laboratory and office work so it’s always interesting. I’m involved in all stages of a sample’s lifecycle, from sample collection to analysis, data processing to final report submission. I’m on the road for any fieldwork to collect and label samples on site, ensuring a full chain of custody and transfer to the lab. On analysis days I’ll be in early to get samples weighed and prepared for analysis. Different clean-up steps for sample preparation are required for specific tests and sample extraction can take 1-3 days. At the end of extraction, samples are analysed using UPLC and LCMSMS.
Q. What has been your CLS highlight since joining the company?
I would say the new LCMSMS method that I worked on from the development stage all the way through to validation. It was audited by INAB in January 2022 and awarded the INAB accreditation. This was a massive achievement for me and our whole team as it is now the largest method within our scope (45 analytes).
Q. Share a surprising fact about yourself?
As well as being a scientist, I am also a singer/musician. I studied classical violin since I was 7 and studied traditional music when I was in secondary school. Sometimes you’ll find me singing in the local pubs! I am in a choir too – The Marine Singers – and we have competed and won in several competitions over the years!