The Cell Services team have the biomedical equivalent of green fingers, nurturing billions of cells to keep each one uncontaminated and thriving. They’ve filed away thousands of samples of cell types, storing them in vats of super-cold liquid nitrogen so they can be grown again one day.
At any one time, the Cell Services team hold 6,000 cell lines in the Crick’s deep freeze tanks, ready for scientists to use.
Thomas Martinez was an experienced research technician when he joined the team but depended on his colleagues to teach him Cell Services protocols.
Working as a Laboratory Research Apprentice, Fatemeh’s role includes cell culturing and learning the correct laboratory equipment. Cell Services is also in charge of the cryogenic store, retrieving cells from liquid nitrogen for the Crick’s researchers. Before joining Cell Services Fatemeh worked alongside Flow Cytometry, learning how cells are used in various experiments from different labs.