Testing human samples is all in a day's work for Jassmyn

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Testing human samples is all in a day's work for Jassmyn


Published on 24 April 2012

24 April 2012

Having a strong stomach is paying off for University of the Sunshine Coast graduate Jassmyn Evans who recently started work at an independent pathology laboratory in Buderim.

The 20-year-old from Bribie Island said she was testing more than 100 patient samples a week as a laboratory assistant for Coastal Pathology.

Jassmyn completed a Bachelor of Biomedical Science degree late last year, and was one of 1,100 students to graduate from USC on Wednesday 4 April.

The former St Columban’s College student, who has a strong family background in science and maths, said she was thoroughly enjoying her pathology work.

“The first week was a bit daunting, testing all of the bodily fluids,” she said. “But when you handle about 100 patient samples a week, you soon get used to it.

“My job is really interesting because you encounter something new every day. Accuracy is also very important so you have to make sure you’re very alert and aware during your working day.”

Jassmyn said she chose to study at USC because of its friendly and relaxed atmosphere and because it was close to her family home and the beach.

“The University facilities were modern, there was less traffic than in Brisbane and the lecturers and tutors were very helpful,” she said.

“I am now putting my textbook knowledge from USC into action and gaining as much work experience as possible.”

Jassmyn said she planned to undertake further tertiary studies in the future so she could specialise in food microbiology and medical microbiology.

“Without completing my Biomedical Science degree, I never would have known how much I enjoyed microbiology,” she said.

— Michelle Widdicombe

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