University of Bath

Silvia Martínez Micol General Technician - Biology and Microscopy

Silvia delivers technical support to services across the MC² portfolio, with a primary responsibility for the biology and microscopy.

Role

Silvia’s role focusses on supporting a variety of complex microscopes, including a Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM), Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM), Confocal Laser Scanning Microscope (CLSM), Atomic Force Microscope (AFM), Raman Microscope, High Content Microscope and various other analytical instruments e.g. Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR), Fluorescent Activated Cell Sorting (FACs), and Energy Dispersive X-ray Analysis (EDX).

Silvia provides general laboratory support and instrument maintenance, as well as help with sample preparation (materials and biologicals) and data analysis on these instruments.

Career

During her Bachelors studies in Spain Silvia did a placement at the Murcian Institute for Agricultural Research and Development (IMIDA), where she worked as a Biotechnology Laboratory Assistant. She embarked fully on her career first as Science Technician and then Deputy Laboratory Manager at Alperton Community School in London. In this role she delivered high quality practicals for all students within the Science department. She prepared equipment and materials, and carried out demonstrations, assisting both staff and students, and ensuring that all experiments were carried out properly, safely and to completion on time.

Education

Silvia graduated with a BSc in Environmental Sciences from the University of Murcia, Spain. She completed her degree with a final year project in the Department of Genetics and Microbiology on "Modification and cloning of the genes in Mucor circinelloides for generating appropriate strains for biodiesel production".

Following on from this, Silvia studied for a MSc in Biotechnology for Environmental Sustainability at Napier Edinburgh University, Scotland, where her research project focussed on "The impact of ultraviolet treatment on Salmonella in water and sludge samples from Veolia Wastewater Treatment Plant".

Silvia speaks Spanish, basic French and is currently perfecting her English language skills by taking courses at the University of Bath Language Centre.