Jennifer Ong - Hospital Scientist

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Jennifer Ong is a hospital scientist in the Cytogenetics Department at our Randwick laboratories. We asked Jennifer a handful of questions to gain insight into her role as hospital scientist and a glimpse into what makes her tick!
 
What are the day-to-day activities of your role?
Day-to-day, I triage prenatal and postnatal samples to be tested using Single Nucleotide Polymorphism (SNP) microarray. This is is a technique that assesses the genome of individual patients and detects chromosome copy number changes.  I perform the SNP microarray run, which is a 3-day experiment, and then I analyse the data and prepare a report using specialist genomics software and analysis tools. 
 
What is your biggest achievement or milestone in the last year?
In the last year, I’ve graduated a Bachelor of Biomedical Science Degree and started work here in the Cytogenetics Department as a Hospital Scientist. I’ve adapted to a different working environment, met new colleagues and learnt new laboratory and analytical skills. 
 
Why do you do this work?
I am interested in understanding the biology, causes of disease and laboratory diagnostic techniques aimed at the prevention and treatment of disease. Specifically in cytogenetics, it is interesting to understand the inheritance and mechanism of chromosomal abnormality.
 
If you didn’t do this job, what other job could you see yourself doing?
If I wasn't in Cytogenetics, I could see myself in other science-related jobs, such as Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry, Haematology, Immunology or a Biology school teacher.

When you’re not at work, what do you like to do?
I enjoy eating out, bushwalking, biking, and going to the gym.

 

Thank you Jennifer for choosing to do such an important role here at NSW Health Pathology!