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

  • Investigative / Social

Knowledge

  • 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.

  • Immunology

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

  • Molecular and cellular immunology

    The development and function of the immune system in health and disease, the development of the innate and adaptive immune system, antigen processing and presentation, maturation of the immune response.

  • 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.

  • Biology

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

  • Clinical immunology

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

Skills

  • Research immune system malfunctions

    Examine why the immune system fails and what causes disease.

  • Perform scientific research

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

  • 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 it for damage or corrosion in order to ensure its proper functioning.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Optional knowledge and skills

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