What do you do?

I am a chemistry laboratory technician and am responsible for co-ordinating the technical activities of the analytical separation section.

I am fortunate to work in many leading-edge fields (HPLC, CG, NMR, mass spectrometry, etc.). These techniques are many and varied, and cover all the tests present in the European Pharmacopoeia monographs. These analyses are carried out under a very rigorous quality assurance policy complying with the standards in force in the pharmaceutical sector.

What is your background?

My previous professional experience in the pharmaceutical industry led me to acquire sound knowledge in analytical chemistry and quality assurance; I contributed to the development of analytical methods for testing new medicines in a research and development laboratory.

What do you think about living in Strasbourg?

Alsace is a lovely place to live, with very strong regional traditions and European commitment. Strasbourg is a town on a human scale with real advantages to city life.

What do you love about your job?

The interest of the job, besides being scientific, also lies in working alongside colleagues of different nationalities; in fact this makes it possible to participate in preparing European monographs with a very open mind and with impartial, objective judgment. Apart from the positive features directly associated with the role, working in a European culture such as that offered by the Council of Europe provides great cultural interest and enrichment.

In conclusion, this job is stimulating as it engages you in a genuine mission to improve human health at European level, and also beyond with worldwide harmonisation.