Profession immunologist

Immunologists research the immune system of living organisms (e.g. human body) and the way it reacts to external infections or invasive harmful agents (e.g. virus, bacteria, parasites). They focus their study on those diseases that affect the immunology of living organisms in order to classify them for treatment.

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Personality Type

Knowledge

  • Molecular and cellular immunology

    The interactions at molecular level that trigger a response from the immune system.

  • Diagnostic immunology techniques

    The techniques used in diagnosing immunology diseases such as immunofluorescence, fluorescence microscopy, flow cytometry, enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA), radioimmunoassay (RIA) and analysis of plasma proteins.

  • Laboratory techniques

    Techniques applied in the different fields of natural science in order to obtain experimental data such as gravimetric analysis, gas chromatography, electronic or thermic methods.

  • Biology

    Tissues, cells, and functions of plant and animal organisms and their interdependencies and interactions with each other and the environment.

  • Immunology

    Immunology is a medical specialty mentioned in the EU Directive 2005/36/EC.

  • Scientific research methodology

    The theoretical methodology used in scientific research involving doing background research, constructing an hypothesis, testing it, analysing data and concluding the results.

  • Clinical immunology

    The pathology of a disease in relation to its immune response and immune system.

Skills

  • Apply scientific methods

    Apply scientific methods and techniques to investigate phenomena, by acquiring new knowledge or correcting and integrating previous knowledge.

  • Maintain laboratory equipment

    Clean laboratory glassware and other equipment after use and inspect it for damage or corrosion in order to ensure its proper functioning.

  • Research immune system malfunctions

    Examine why the immune system fails and what causes disease.

  • Apply safety procedures in laboratory

    Make sure that laboratory equipment is used in a safe manner and the handling of samples and specimens is correct. Work to ensure the validity of results obtained in research.

  • Perform laboratory tests

    Carry out tests in a laboratory to produce reliable and precise data to support scientific research and product testing.

  • Calibrate laboratory equipment

    Calibrate laboratory equipment by comparing between measurements: one of known magnitude or correctness, made with a trusted device and a second measurement from another piece of laboratory equipment. Make the measurements in as similar a way as possible.

  • Perform scientific research

    Gain, correct or improve knowledge about phenomena by using scientific methods and techniques, based on empirical or measurable observations.

Optional knowledge and skills

archive scientific documentation write research proposals perform lectures pharmaceutical chemistry assess environmental impact develop pharmaceutical drugs develop vaccines analyse blood samples assist in clinical trials allergies contribute to registration of pharmaceutical products communicable diseases pharmaceutical industry control production develop scientific theories diagnose patients with immunodeficiencies record test data recommend product improvements virology develop scientific research protocols analyse cell cultures write scientific papers general medicine develop patient treatment strategies microbiology-bacteriology