They may be young and straight out of college, but these three scientists are ready to do battle against mosquitos.
Fresh faced maybe, but looks can be deceptive, the trio are the newest recruits with Oxitec, the company who is aiming to rid Cayman of the virus carrying pests.
“First thing that struck us during the interview was the enthusiasm and the amount of research they have done about the technology and Oxitec” Said Dr. Renaugh Lacroix, Operations manager.
This isn’t a classroom assignment, it’s the real deal and it’s all about saving lives.
“I feel proud of myself to be apart of a company that is pioneering a new way to reduce the spread of the Zika, the Dengue and the Chikungunya diseases, which are very serious diseases without any vaccines or cures,” said young project assistant, Giselle Johnson.
Straight out of Keele university in the U.K , Kenroy Millwood feels fortunate to have landed such a job.
“I feel lucky to come home and be able to work in the field that I studied in … I studied abroad for four and a half years in environmental science and geo science, so it feels good to come home and land a job in the same industry at least,” said Kenroy Millwood.
Making Cayman safe from mosquito borne virus’ is a definite career booster for these young adults.
“It will benefit my career in the future because it will give me the experience and knowledge that I can take with me, I can use it five, ten years later down the line,” said Giselle Johnson.
So what they lack in experience, is made up for in both enthusiasm and knowledge.
“I’ve been trained in the lab during my studies and I’ve picked up a lot of transferable skills, general safety skills in the lab, good lab practice skills and I’m familiar with all the equipment … So it’s easy to just come in and we basically hit the ground running with whatever I ‘ve already been trained in in school,” said Kenroy Millwood
Hitting the ground running and hitting Mosquitos were it hurts, all in a day’s work for these three, Philipp Richter, Cayman 27.
Joining three local recruits is a scientist from Cyprus.
Oxitec and the mosquito research and control unit will be holding a public meeting at John A. Cumber school at 7pm on tuesday may the 24th