Lab Story – Dr Stone Elworthy

Lighthouse Labs

Medicines Discovery Catapult

What do you do when you’re not working at the Lighthouse Labs?

I’m a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Sheffield, Bateson Centre, Department of Infection, Immunity and Cardiovascular Disease.

How many years of scientific experience do you have?


What is your role in the Lighthouse Lab?

WS1 Laboratory Support Assistant. I scan in the swab sample bar codes and then pipette the swab samples to the deep well Kingfisher plates.

What is the key experience you bring to that role?

Familiarity with the 96 well plate format, and manual pipetting.

How is it different to your regular role?

COVID-19 testing could save lives immediately.

Why did you want to get involved?

Testing is crucial for tackling COVID-19.

What does it mean to you to be involved?

I’ve been desperate to help get testing done ever since I heard about the COVID-19 crisis.

What is it like working alongside a host of new colleagues from both industry and academia?

They are great. I’ve not had much of a chance to chat though!

What is the best thing about working in the Lighthouse Lab?

Everyone is fully psyched. The enthusiasm is infectious.

“Testing is crucial for tackling COVID-19.”