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Johnson Soronnadi

Favourite Thing: Using known materials from different parts of our bodies to isolate the unknown(Micro-organisms). My ability to carrying out various investigations on sick human samples with the sole aim of detecting and identifying the micro-organisms (bugs not seen without unaided eyes) causing diseases and determine specific antibiotics to cure the infections. Knowing this will improve the life of many out there and talking about it with mates gives me the joy of studying science.

My CV

School:

My primary education was not an easy one but with all the hassles. However, the experience equipped me for the tasks of today scientist. As fate will be I came out as the best pupils. I attended Marist Brothers’ Juniorate -2004 and had my GCSE in sciences.

University:

Nnamdi Azikiwe University- 1995-2000. University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital- 2001-2004. University of Wolverhampton 2005-2007. Institute of Biomedical Science Specialist Diploma- 2009-2010

Work History:

Having completed a Bsc. in Microbiology and a professional degree certificate in medical laboratory sciences at University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital . I taught and worked at the teaching hospital for a year. I gained admission to study Msc. Biomedical science at the University of Wolverhampton during which I worked as community support worker, quality control assistant in a food industry. Also,Biomedical scientist at Staffordshire Hospital, Exeter and Devon Hospital, Health protection agency

Employer:

Ulster Hospital Belfast

Current Job:

Biomedical scientist

Me and my work

I culture human samples with the aim of isolating and identifing the different micro-organisms ( Staphylococcus, Salmonella, E.coli) which may be causing infections in humans and identifying specific antibiotic for their treatment.

My Typical Day

organize my section, read cultures of organisms, carry out various tests to isolate and identify, set up specific antibiotics and brief infection control and later go to gym (walk-out)

On a typical day  start work with a short briefing from my line manager for new information or changes. I organize my area of duty by ensuring all the necessary regents and equipment are made available, maintained and tested prior to use. I read and observe diiferent culture plates and carry out appropriate tests to isolate and identify organisms that have grown from previous day samples cultured. Then set up specific antibiotic based on the organisms isolated. I will communicate to the ward and infection control about significant organisms associated with healthcare infections e.g MRSA, Clostridium difficle, Salmonella. I will sign off completed tests and send off to wards and GPs via the laboratory-Hospital-GP links. In-between I do take tea-breaks and lunch to relax the brain and mind for effective output. Some days I could be so busy that I struggle to go for tea-breaks while less busy days I avails myself opportunity to update my continous professional development (CPD) and laboratory standard operating procedures (SOP). Mondays (M0re days) seems to the longest days while fridays are shorter days and cannot wait to thank goodness for another Friday (Free days) because all works and no play makes Johnny a dull scientist!!!!!. make out time for gym, jogging and football on weekends.

What I'd do with the money

I would like to buy a laptop and a projector which will enable me and work mates organise and present science talks and shows in schools and at science fairs.

This will give student something to be excited about and will want to learn why something happens the way they are predicted.  Using various film and practical clips from the laboratory  student will be opportuned to see something interesting e.g recorded video of organisms multiplying from human samples. If you see and understand something fully then you can be expected to teach and inspire children about it. We will incorporate most of the laboratory clips and  safe hands-on practicals  based on school curricula carried out in the laboratory.

 

My Interview

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

1. self-motivated 2. committed to achieving tasks and 3. Determined

Who is your favourite singer or band?

Beyonce

What is the most fun thing you've done?

Travelled round England from the south to the north and back through the English channel.

If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!

1. Achieve the highest education of my career 2. win a lottery (not my thing anyway) 3. tour round the world (via land , sea and air)

What did you want to be after you left school?

To become a scientist or doctor and able to lecture the profession, but as luck had it I was on the right track.

Were you ever in trouble in at school?

Once in a blue moon when the boys try to play the men roles and got trapped and disciplined. Don’t ask me what?

What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?

I have enjoyed encouraging and motivating students about the intrest part of science. As one of the youngest science teachers in a school I had taught earlier. I viewed science as an important subject and when taught well, it raises students knowledge, understanding and enjoyment of science. I used practical and research based work to develop the students’ understanding and skill and engage them in a work-base learning using my knowledge of IT, internet and football as means of communication. I enjoy taking challenges, sharing ideas and think problems to solution and answers.

Tell us a joke.

A woman wanted to reach her husband on his mobile phone but discovered that she was out of credit. She instructed her son to use his own phone to pass across an urgent message to his daddy who was on site. After Junior has called, he got back to Mommy to inform her that there was a lady that picked up Daddy’s phone the three times he tried reaching Him on the mobile. When the woman got home after the day’s work, her husband has not returned. She waited impatiently for her husband to return from work. And upon seeing him in the driveway; she rushed out and gave him a tight slap. Then she slapped him again for good measure. People from the neighbourhood rushed around to find out what the cause of the commotion was. The woman asked Junior to tell everybody what the lady said to him when he called his dad on his mobile. According to Junior, the lady said: ”The subscriber you have dialled is not available to pick your call at the moment, please try again later’