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Mandy Tang

Mandy Tang

Year of graduation: 2016

Current position and employer: Quality Assurance, Paragon Nordic AB

What did you study as an undergraduate (bachelor)?

Biomedicine programme at Karolinska institutet

Why did you choose the Master programme in Toxicology?

After my bachelor degree I did not know if I wanted to continue within the academia or start working in the industry so I chose the master programme in toxicology since I wanted both options after my degree. I was also very interested in broadening my knowledge within toxicology since it can be applied in many aspects in the industry and since I think it is a very interesting topic that everyone can relate to. I wanted to know what happens when you take a painkiller, what happens if you drink too much alcohol or how long-time exposure to some chemicals could affect you and how that is related to your daily life. The master programme in toxicology gave me knowledge in a detailed and informative way.

Where did you conduct your MSc thesis and what was it about?

I did my MSc thesis in Swetox about how prenatal bisphenol A exposure could lead to epigenetic alterations in genes that have been seen to be altered during different kind of mental illness/conditions.

Looking back on your time at KI and the Master programme in Toxicology, what is the most valuable thing that you learned?

- That toxicology is very broad and can be applied everywhere.
- The complexity of chemical to chemical interaction.
- The molecular details about the chemical interaction with our body.

Where are you and what are you doing now?

After my graduation I worked as a consultant within the toxicology and chemistry field for almost two years. This was rewarding since I got to practice toxicology in a different way, mostly I worked with many different projects where I helped companies within the cosmetic and chemical industry to comply to the EU regulations. Today I am working as a Quality Assurance in a company that develop and produce cosmetic and technical products, medical devices and pharmaceuticals. I work a lot according to the different standards and regulations that are associated with the products we produce, in our department we need to support the organisation to achieve quality and transparency but also so we comply to the requirements upon audits.

What made you decide on this career?

Toxicology is a small but important part and it is always considered in the industry since it is required according to the regulations. Most of us post-graduates do not work as "toxicologists" however our role in the industry requires a lot of understanding and knowledge about toxicology related topics. I like this career since I get to use my toxicology knowledge and "thinking" in many different ways. In this way I gained a lot of practical experience that are toxicology-related but also related to quality and regulatory requirements in the industry.