Genes are instructions which tell the body how to make all the proteins it needs to survive and grow. Genomics is the study of genes and how alterations can lead to changes in how proteins function or are produced by cells.

As a healthcare scientist working in genomics, you’ll be examining samples of patients' nucleic acid (DNA or RNA (Ribonucleic acid)) to identify genetic and genomic alterations that may be responsible for inherited and acquired diseases or conditions, such as cystic fibrosis or cancer.


DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid), is the hereditary material in humans and almost all other organisms. Nearly every cell in a person’s body has the same DNA.

Working in genomics, you would not only identify alterations in genes but could also predict the likelihood of them being passed on to the next generation.

Working life

You would use chemical examination of cellular DNA to define genetic abnormalities and the majority of your work would revolve around three main categories:

As a healthcare scientist working in genomics, you’d rarely have direct patient contact yourself, but you would be very aware of the impact that your research and examinations have on patients.

"One of the great things about my role is the amount of training opportunities that are available."

Ronnie Wright, clinical scientist in genetics

Read Ronnie's story

Who would I work with?

You would work as part of a multidisciplinary team that includes doctors specialising in genetics and genomicshealthcare science staff specialising in bioinformatics genomics, specialist nurses and genomic counsellors.

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