Biomedical Scientist

A biomedical scientist is a person who is scientifically trained in the life sciences to investigate the cause and effects of human disease. New approaches and technologies provide biomedical scientists with many career opportunities geared toward understanding the mechanism of disease, so that improvements can be made to diagnose and treat disease as early as possible. By being trained at the crossroads of basic science and clinical medicine, biomedical scientists understand how to develop clinically relevant studies, and often work collaboratively with doctors. Without biomedical scientists, hospital departments such as accident & emergency and operating theatres could not function.

The roles of biomedical scientists in an area such as surgery includes tests for emergency blood transfusions and blood grouping as well as tests on samples from patients who may have overdosed, or may have leukaemia or are suspected of having a heart attack.

Cancer, diabetes, toxicological study, blood transfusion, anaemia, meningitis, hepatitis and AIDS are just some of the medical conditions that are investigated by biomedical scientists. They also perform a key role in screening cervical smears, identify viruses and diseases and monitor the effects of medication and other treatments.

Scientists learn to work with computers, sophisticated automated equipment, microscopes and other hi-tech laboratory equipment. They employ a wide range of complex modern techniques.

The successful performance of this key role in modern healthcare relies on the accuracy and efficiency of work by biomedical scientists because patients’ lives and the treatment of illness depend on their skill and knowledge.

How do I become a Biomedical Scientist?

There are many available courses that lead to this profession. Below is information about courses at Monash University.