AstraZeneca: Adam Powell

21-year-old Adam Powell is a laboratory scientist at AstraZeneca


How long have you worked for AstraZeneca and what do you enjoy about your role?

I’ve been working at AstraZeneca (AZ) for three years and in that time I’ve enjoyed being able to develop my knowledge and technical skills within my role.


Why did you choose to do an apprenticeship at AstraZeneca?

Apprenticeships offer a great way of gaining invaluable practical lab experience while working towards my degree, I can transfer skills and knowledge between the workplace and the degree programme to best address problems and develop as an early career scientist.


How would you describe the culture at AstraZeneca?

Everyone at AZ is friendly, approachable and willing to share their knowledge and experience. Additionally, the AZ early careers network hosts a range of interesting events, from talks and Q&A sessions with industry experts, to coding lessons and social events.


What has been the most rewarding/interesting project you have been involved in and why?

Most recently, I’ve worked on a project to investigate methods for the separation of defective adeno-associated virus particles from genome-containing particles of interest. This was a break away from my previous experience and was a steep but rewarding learning curve as I planned and managed the project myself. This project gave me hands-on experience with a novel molecule, different purification methods and data analysis techniques.


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