Zan Arshed completed his Nuffield Research Placement in 2006 at the Antrim Area Hospital. He currently works for an investment bank (UBS AG) within credit risk.
What was your project about?
I investigated staining techniques for a cytology lab to help identify cancerous cells in PaP smear tests.
What was the highlight/best bit of your placement?
Working with the people and the enthusiasm they show for their activities and duties. It was very infectious and pushed me onwards to develop a want to learn, which was very important.
What was your least favourite part of the placement?
As with everything, there's always a mundane and repetitive task involved, in this case it was scanning slides of cells for hours to collect the data required for this project.
What path did you take after finishing your NRP and how has that led you to where you are today?
I proceeded to study for a place at Strathclyde University reading pharmacy, but decided to take a year out to start a business. After this year break, I enrolled for an engineering degree closer to home at University of Ulster after which I decided, given my busines acumen that Investment Banking was for me and went on to study at QUB for an MSC in Risk Management.
Did your Nuffield Research Placement have an effect on the choices that you made after finishing school/college/university?
The placement helped me understand better what makes me tick and what I will ultimately be happy doing, working in a lab is not for everyone, nor is pages upon pages of literature on the binding structure of cancerous cells. The placement gave me the comfort of knowing that I will be happy in a role which involves digesting a lot of information, technical at that.