Zachary Muscat has been appointed as the new Illumina Field Application Scientist at Evolve.

He takes on the prestigious role after completing a series of extremely rigorous training sessions in Cambridge.

The Illumina Field Application Scientist title is recognised the world over and is only granted to a handful of individuals.

It means Zachary will be able to provide Evolve customers with an even better service, in addition to his duties as a Business Account Manager at our head office in Luqa.

Evolve already supports several Illumina devices at various hospitals, laboratories and science-led institutions across Malta with a strong presence in diagnostics for diseases such as cystic fibrosis and cancer.

Zachary said: ‘Illumina is one of the world’s leading drivers in next generation sequencing: a procedure which allows scientists to decode genetic material.

‘Illumina sequencing enables a wide variety of applications, allowingus to ask virtually any question related to the genome, transcriptome, or epigenome of any organism.

‘Next-generation sequencing methods differ primarily by how the DNA or RNA samples are prepared and the data analysis options used.’

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What does the role involve?

‘An Illumina Field Application Scientist is often the first point of contact for researchers or healthcare workers using Illumina Next Generation Sequencing. We start from the installation where we give training on how to use the instrument and help users get more comfortable with the technology. Once it’s in use, Evolve can now fully assist in troubleshooting and method development.’

How did you get qualified?

‘The qualification required a number of online modules, coursework and exams for several weeks, which was followed by more ‘hands-on’ work and tuition at Illumina’s European head office in Cambridge.’

What do you hope to achieve?

‘With this new skillset, we can provide a faster and more comprehensive service for Evolve customers, researchers and healthcare providers using Illumina Sequencers.’

Common Sequencing Applications

Cancer Research

Next-generation sequencing methods allow cancer researchers to detect rare somatic variants, tumor subclones, and circulating DNA fragments.

Microbiology Research

From environmental metagenomics studies to infectious disease surveillance and more, sequencing can help researchers gain genetic insight into bacteria and viruses.

Reproductive Health

Illumina sequencing and array technologies deliver fast, accurate information that can guide choices along the reproductive health journey.


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