From Forensic Scientist to Nanotechnologist: Where a Biomedical Degree Could Take You

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From Forensic Scientist to Nanotechnologist: Where a Biomedical Degree Could Take You

Biomedical science is a broad and fascinating discipline focused largely around human biology and interactions with diseases or compounds. You could go on to create artificial tissues in the lab, investigate crime scenes to uncover convicting evidence, or be at the forefront of research presenting new ideas and discoveries to the world. When armed with a degree in biomedical science, your options are seemingly endless.

While you should have particular interests and abilities from the offset (previous study of biology, physics, chemistry and maths are all preferable in some combination), this is a wonderfully versatile degree giving you plenty of options if you’re not quite sure where you want to end up post-study.

Heavily rooted in understanding the human body function in health and illness, many biomedical scientist jobs involve studying such interactions. If you specialise in healthcare science you’ll be involved in the diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions, developing and testing new techniques, and working closely with patients. You can specialise in several areas such as genomics, immunology, or haematology, among others.

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“Solving a mystery”

A small step from this, as a medicinal chemist your work may explore the synthesis of new medicines and pharmaceuticals. Your research and collaboration with other scientists could eventually improve the quality of, and even save lives! It may be challenging and progress slow, but that’s what makes those rare breakthroughs an all-the-more rewarding part of your role.

On the other side of this, you could also become a medical representative and assist the distribution of these new medicines. Or yet another take, a toxicologist would study the impact of such substances or toxic materials on living organisms and the environment – for example, had you heard about the impact that excess oestrogen from birth control pills has on aquatic organisms?

If you’re more into crime and gore, or maybe just the satisfaction of solving a mystery, you might fall into the profession hugely popularised by TV crime shows such CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. Biomedical forensic sciences involve piecing together fragments of evidence which may be incomplete, to form a true account of what happened. Be prepared for frustrations, unlike in the shows, you’re sure to encounter numerous investigations that go cold. But if you’re driven by curiosity and icky details, there’s a range of forensic roles waiting for you.

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“List of opportunities”

Those inspired by living organisms could pursue a career in biotechnology whereby biological processes are studied, and useful and profitable processes are replicated and industrialised, often related to food and medicine production. But if you’d rather protect nature than exploit it, the study of biomedical science also opens doors in the environmental sector where you could become an environmental engineer, tackling current issues such as climate change and waste management.

Finally, but not exhaustively, if you seek a career at the forefront of innovation, you might progress down a path of nanotechnology. Using organic or inorganic nanoscale systems, you could develop revolutionary new materials such as the recent development of the nanosponge which has potential to be used in the future to clear up oil spillages.

The list of opportunities goes on, without touching on purely academic routes such as research or teaching. Northern comedian Dave Spikey was a biomedical scientist before his career gave way to full time comedy! The possibilities are utterly undefined – who knows where your biomedical career will take you.


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