Jnetics are fortunate to have a phenomenal team of hardworking and dedicated employees who work tirelessly to raise awareness about Jnetics and genetic disorders amongst Jewish people.
We took the time to speak to one of our employees Aviva Lewis to find out more about Aviva, her role and what it is like working for Jnetics.
Tell us about yourself Aviva?
I’m Aviva and I’m the Outreach, Research and Development Manager for Jnetics. I work from Manchester although the rest of the team are down in London. I graduated with a degree in Biomedical Sciences and I love using my scientific background/knowledge in this role (especially with the Research & Development side of things) which is why I wanted to work for Jnetics in the first place.
How long you’ve been working for Jnetics?
I have been working for Jnetics since November 2016, although my role has evolved since I first joined. I started just after graduating, at a perfect time – just when we were about the launch the GENEius programme.
What does a typical day look like for you working in your role?
I start my day early, at 8am, which suits me well as it gives me time to get some work done quietly before the rest of the team come on line. I always have a bunch of meetings internally, and often phone calls with potential Rabbis/organisations etc that we are planning collaborations with. When there’s a specific Research & Development project on, I spend a lot of time reading scientific papers and articles online, or putting together reports for the Trustees or our Science and Medical Advisory Committee.
What is your favourite thing about working from home?
Being able to wear pyjamas at work!
Do you have any advice for people who are looking to get screened in future but are hesitant to do so?
I think people may be hesitant to screen because they are scared to find something out. In reality, it is more likely to find out that you and your partner aren’t carriers of the same disorders, than it is the find out that you are. So the most likely outcome is that screening gives you peace of mind before trying for a baby. But even if you do find out that you are a carrier couple, there is no doubt that it is better to know that to not! Ignorance is definitely not bliss in this scenario.
What is the most rewarding thing about working for Jnetics?
I love when our campaigns are successful and seeing the awareness raising we do pay off. When we’ve worked hard on a social media campaign, for example during our recent ‘GENEuary’ awareness month, and then the number of people signing up to get screened at the Jnetics clinic rises – that’s the best feeling!