Rhiannon Lowe

What is your job?

I’m an Investigator working in Investigative Preclinical Toxicology (IPT) which is part of Safety Assessment. My job involves making sure the best molecule is moved towards the clinic (patient). My job is both lab and desk based. I am Safety Assessment Programme Representative for Leishmaniasis. Leishmaniasis is the second largest parasitic killer in the world. I also work on the preclinical package for a potential Gene Therapy for ADA-SCID, an autosomal recessive inherited disorder.

How did you choose your career?

My science teacher at senior school said that I shouldn’t pursue a career in science. Maybe he was using reverse psychology – if he was, it worked! When I went on to college I loved the ‘hands on’ nature of science and feeling that a STEM career path could make a difference. I went on to do a BSc in Applied Biology and a PhD in Virology and Immunology, part-time, whilst at GSK.

What do you like best about your job?

I really enjoy the highly variable nature of my role: every day is different in Safety Assessment and I can be working on several projects at any one time. My role also offers me the opportunity to grow as a scientist; on the job training, onsite lectures, patients in focus seminars and attending conferences. I appreciate that GSK as a company allows me to give back to my local community as a STEM ambassador and using an Orange day – which GSK gives to every employee to do work in the community.

What’s your advice for budding scientists?

Do the subjects you want to study and that interest you. Try and attend science fairs such as Big Bang, join your school STEM club. If you don’t have one, see if you can help set one up. Seek work experience and be open minded. There is a massive world of opportunities out there for people studying STEM subjects.

If you have been inspired and want to find out more about careers at GSK visit: gsk.com/en-gb/contact-us/careers