Matthew WylesMatt Wyles

Technician in SITraN

"In 2006, after studying Animal and Plant Sciences in Sheffield as a mature student, I moved into my first technical role, providing lab support in the Department of Neuroscience. This was far removed from the world of animal and plant biology, instead focusing on gene therapy treatments for spinal muscular atrophy.

"I continue to work in neuroscience at the Sheffield Institute for Translational Neuroscience (SITraN) as part of a core team of technicians providing support to the institute. In addition to this role I oversee the running of our Next Generation Sequencing core facility, which involves assisting researchers across the University with a wide variety of projects. Projects have ranged from small RNA sequencing to identify disease biomarkers in motor neurone disease through to DNA sequencing of microorganisms collected from the stratosphere.

"The best thing about being a laboratory technician is the variety, no two days are the same."