Lucy Pepperell, Research Scientist - Product Support & Development

Taylor Hayward

International Day of Women & Girls in Science 2021

Can you tell us a little about your journey into science?

I’d always been interested in science at school - it was something I also happened to be quite good at, which is probably why I liked it! I just seemed to understand it.

After school I went to college to study Forensic Science, and then I went on to study Biomedical Science at Leeds Metropolitan University (now Leeds Beckett University).

Can you tell us a about your current role at Astrea, what are your responsibilities?

I am currently heavily involved in the development of new products here at Astrea—most recently working on our EvolveD™ pre-packed column range.

My main responsibilities as the subject matter expert are on the R&D side of things, developing the methods which are eventually used for manufacturing the products, with lots of troubleshooting and problem solving along the way. I also have an important role in the transfer of products to our manufacturing site and provide training and support both prior to and during validation and production campaigns.

What do you find most challenging about working in science?

R&D environments will always provide challenges including lab-based problems, working to tight deadlines, and ever-evolving circumstances that can all amount to some quite challenging situations. It is not to say that these are always a bad thing, though. I find that working under pressure makes me more driven and determined to achieve the outcomes needed from what I’m doing, be it in the lab or otherwise.

The past year has highlighted to everyone how important and necessary it is to adapt to unexpected changes and overcome challenges which are associated with that. 

And finally what do you enjoy most about working in science?

Despite the challenges, it is very rewarding to see your work go from the beginning stages of research right through all the processes to become a final product. It’s a nice feeling to see products commercially available and be able to say, ‘I did that’!


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