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Meet Our Team: Rachel L. Paterson

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This month our Senior Scientist, Rachel Paterson, celebrates 1 year at Stemmatters. Rachel graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Biochemistry and Genetics from the University of Western Australia and has a Ph.D. in Infection, Immunology, and Translational Medicine from the University of Oxford. She has more than 10 years of experience in cellular immunology research, including developing TCR-based bispecifics. At Stemmatters, she manages and executes several EU-funded cellular immunotherapy projects, focusing on the development of new manufacturing workflows for dendritic cell vaccines, CAR NK and CAR T cell therapies. Her work consists of the implementation of a ris-based approach and Quality by Design strategy for product and process development. 

In this #OurTeam “episode” we chatted with Rachel to learn a bit more about her experience during this past year at Stemmatters.

Describe this past year at Stemmatters. 
My first year at Stemmatters has flown by! It's been full of lots of different projects, interesting collaborations and important milestones for the company. Of course there have been challenges for us to face along the way, but it's how we respond to those challenges that matters.

What led you to join Stemmatters?
I wanted to join an up-and-coming biotech company in Europe to broaden my experience in the sector and contribute to an exciting growth phase. My area of expertise is in research and development related to immunotherapies, so when I heard about the immunotherapy projects starting at Stemmatters I jumped at the chance to get onboard!

How would you describe Stemmatters’ Team?
I would describe us as an enthusiastic, science-oriented team of problem-solvers. We have a lot of complementary skills so whatever the challenge, someone knows (or will figure out) how to solve it.

What’s the best advice you can give to someone who is just starting a career in a life sciences SME?
Communication is key. Small talk with your colleagues can lead to interesting questions and information sharing. It's also helpful for building good relationships, recognising any problems early and identifying the best solutions. You may be able to help each other and offer different perspectives. Sometimes the chat at the coffee machine is the most valuable one!