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Meet the Team: Jazz Butcher BSc Hons Biology, R&D Microbiologist

Date: 22 March 2022 | By: biologicalprep

Jazz is an integral part of our R&D programme where she identifies and investigates new strains of bacteria for use in our products, as well as carries out crucial product testing to make sure they're up to EN standards. A real team player, Jazz also supports the wider Technical and QC teams by carrying out in-house bacterial fermentations and support the QC lab.

Why did you choose to embark on a career in science?

I have always been interested in science as a general subject and I am an inquisitive person by nature; I also love to learn new skills. I chose to study Applied Sciences in college, and Biology in university. I was then able to start my professional career in early 2019 within a quality control laboratory at a brewery, which was a great starting point.

What drives you to work so passionately?

A career in science allows me to keep on learning, so the job never gets boring, there’s always something to do. Science is such a diverse subject, making jobs within science so interesting. You never know what’s coming next, it keeps things fresh and engaging. Boredom is rare in a career in science.

I like to see good results, which aren’t always guaranteed in microbiology! I always take pride in my work and put effort into each project I’m given so that I get the best results possible. I like to go home knowing I did my best, even when the results weren’t quite how I wanted them to be.

What are the biggest challenges you've faced in your career?

I lost my job at the beginning of 2020 due to COVID-19 and didn’t know what the future was going to hold for my career in science. I began to apply for jobs that I was reasonably qualified to do and almost went back to retail.

When a job at Biological Preparations came up I knew it would be right up my street, and I was lucky enough to be one of the successful candidates, alongside Jak. Two years later and I’m happy to still be part of the BioPrep team.

What are your proudest achievements?

Aside from graduating university, my proudest achievement is my promotion from QC Technician to R&D Microbiologist. It was totally unexpected, but it was so nice to see my hard work in the lab had been recognised and that I was trusted to take on this role.

Who are the biggest influencers that have inspired you in your career?

My grandmother had a big influence on me wanting to learn more about microbiology. During the later stages of her career as a nurse, she spent a lot of time within one of the labs at the hospital and would always tell me about how beautiful she thought the bacteria looked under the microscope.

I now know what she meant, some of the worst bacteria are the most pretty under the microscope or streaked onto a plate, it’s fascinating.

What advice would you give to young people starting in their career in science?

Always try your best, have a go at everything and take all the opportunities you can. You never know where you could end up!

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