Conducts research dealing with the understanding of human diseases and the improvement of human health. Engages in clinical investigation, research and development, or other related activities.
This career is part of the Health Science cluster Biotechnology Research and Development pathway.
A person in this career:
- Plans and directs studies to investigate human or animal disease, preventive methods, and treatments for disease.
- Conducts research to develop methodologies, instrumentation, and procedures for medical application, analyzing data and presenting findings to the scientific audience and general public.
- Studies animal and human health and physiological processes.
- Follows strict safety procedures when handling toxic materials to avoid contamination.
- Writes and publishes articles in scientific journals.
- Evaluates effects of drugs, gases, pesticides, parasites, and microorganisms at various levels.
- Uses equipment such as atomic absorption spectrometers, electron microscopes, flow cytometers, and chromatography systems.
- Prepares and analyzes organ, tissue, and cell samples to identify toxicity, bacteria, or microorganisms or to study cell structure.
- Standardizes drug dosages, methods of immunization, and procedures for manufacture of drugs and medicinal compounds.
- Investigates cause, progress, life cycle, or mode of transmission of diseases or parasites.