Dwaine Vance

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Duke of Westminster Secondary School and Portora Royal School, Northern Ireland


First class degree in Human Nutrition from Ulster University: BSc (Hons)., Diploma in Industrial Studies, and a Ph.D from Queen’s University of Belfast, Northern Ireland

Work History:

Since graduating with a PhD in Medical Genetics I have been a Research and Development Scientist within a Molecular Diagnostics R&D Lab at Randox Laboratories Ltd

Current Job:

Research and Development Scientist (Molecular Diagnostics)


Randox Laboratories Limited

Me and my work

I am currently developing a genetic risk profile test to predict future risk of CHD and heart attack

For more information on the genetic risk test for CHD please see the following link:

My Typical Day

In the Lab processing samples (DNA extraction), setting up multiplex PCR’s, running them on the Cardiac Risk Randox Biochip Assay and analysing the results to help estimate future CHD risk

Extraction of nucleic acid (DNA) from blood and saliva samples. Setting up a multiplex polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and running the PCR amplicons on a Cardiac Risk Randox Biochip Array. For more information on the Randox Biochip please click on the following link:

After the Lab work I participate in the analysis of the genotype data which is used to estimate genetic risk of CHD when used in combination with traditional CHD risk factors e.g. blood pressue and blood lipid profile.


This means that those with a high genetic predispositon to CHD can be offered lipid-lowering treatment such as Statins – thus preventing a heart attack and subsequently saving lives. Current methods of CHD prediction do not include genetic susceptibilty therefore this test will be very useful in CHD prevention.

What I'd do with the money

Organise a genomic medicine masterclass to GCSE and A Level students in County Fermanagh

My Interview

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

Energetic, creative, hard-working

Who is your favourite singer or band?

Nathan Carter (Country Music)

What's your favourite food?

Sweet and Sour Duck with Soft Noodles

What is the most fun thing you've done?

Paraglided above the Meditterean Sea

What did you want to be after you left school?

I wanted to become a nutrition (nutritional genetics) scientist

Were you ever in trouble at school?

I did the occasional detention when I was 12-14 but thankfully not since then

What was your favourite subject at school?

Chemistry and Mathematics

What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?

Published a scientific article in from one of my PhD studies

What or who inspired you to become a scientist?

My Science school teacher Mrs E Earls

If you weren't a scientist, what would you be?

Possibly a politician or a country music events organiser

If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!

I would wish for a happy family/personal life, that I could go on a summer and ski holiday every year and that myself and my partner where healthy until the very end

Tell us a joke.

What did the big chimney say to the little chimney? “You’re too young to be smoking, because it can cause sporadic genetic mutations which may increase your risk or cause cancer of the lungs and various other parts of the body”

Other stuff

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