Career

Medical Scientist

Medical Scientist

Medical Scientists use their in depth knowledge of the human biological system to conduct research into disease and the processes of the viruses, bacteria and other agents involved. They study the human system and how it responds to and is affected by disease as well as undertaking research to account for the causes of disease.

Medical scientists may undertake the following tasks:

  • Clinical trials of drugs
  • Development of treatments and research tools
  • Specialized research into specific diseases
  • Interpretation of test results
  • Testing of blood, tissue and DNA samples

Medical scientists almost always complement their undergraduate biology qualifications with postgraduate study (typically at a PhD level) and may specialise in a particular area such as; immunology, transfusion science, haematology, clinical biochemistry, microbiology, histopathology or cytology.