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Biomedical Science alumna awarded top prize

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Baiba Nimane honoured with IBMS President's Prize

University of East London alumna Baiba Nimane has been recognised as one of the highest-achieving biomedical science students in the country.

A BSc Biomedical Science graduate, Baiba has been honoured with the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) President’s Prize 2019 for outstanding achievement in a biomedical science honours degree. 

Baiba, who is now working as a Band 5 biomedical scientist at Cambridge University Hospital’s clinical immunology department, said, “To be honoured in this way has given me a fantastic sense of achievement; I feel the programme provided me with placement opportunities to be job-ready and in-depth knowledge in immunology.”

As well as excelling academically, Baiba distinguished herself as a practitioner during her work placement experiences at the Anthony Nolan Trust and Great Ormond Street Hospital. Without the placements on the BSc Biomedical Science, she “would not have been able to formulate my dream of becoming a biomedical scientist.”

Baiba volunteered with the blood cancer charity Anthony Nolan in her second year and completed her registration portfolio during her year-long placement in the immunology department at Great Ormond Street Hospital, which allowed her to secure her current role.

“The laboratory techniques we learned were awesome and we gained hands-on experience. Moving forward, I’m starting my specialist portfolio later this year, to build on my Band 5 position and become a Band 6 biomedical scientist.”

Dr David B. Guiliano, Head of Bioscience in the School of Health, Sport and Bioscience, said, "By receiving the President’s Award, Baiba has been recognised by the IBMS for her overall excellent performance in her BSc Biomedical Science degree.”

“The Bioscience faculty are very proud of her success and are looking forward to following her future career as a biomedical scientist."

In her current position, Baiba works in a laboratory diagnosing autoimmune disease disorders including systemic lupus, diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis.

“The lecturers, staff and my dissertation tutor were always there for me, offering support whenever I needed it and encouraging me to be successful in my career, and the placements pushed me to do even better in my studies and career.”