Chartered Scientist


About CSci

Professor Pankaj Vadgama

CSci CChem CPhys FRCPath FInst

I was nominated to become a Chartered Scientist by the Institute of Materials, of which I am a Fellow, in a special presentation evening. I already held Chartered awards for Chemistry and Physics, as well as being a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists, but I feel that CSci best represents the breadth of disciplines that my current work spans.

Having graduated from the University of Newcastle in Medicine, and somewhat unusually gone on to complete a Chemistry degree, I chose to specialise in Chemical Pathology. From there, my research interest moved into chemical devices used in the blood and body. When I moved to Queen Mary University to take up a more materials oriented position, I joined the IOM3 where I was admitted as a fellow.

In my current role as Director of the Interdisciplinary Research Centre in Biomedical Materials, I run a research group on Biosensors – which monitor biochemicals in patient samples, such as glucose levels in diabetics – as well as working to develop a centre for research into materials for bone, tissue and dental replacement. The work bridges several disciplines, involving biomolecules, chemistry and metals. In addition, I manage a Clinical Biochemistry Department consisting of a large number of medical scientists, several of whom are themselves Chartered Scientists.

I believe that among the benefits of CSci are that it allows you to aspire to both self-development and quality standards in your professional work. It is also a strong link across disciplines – allowing recognition across subject boundaries and setting a fixed benchmark across the board. Society increasingly expects us to operate at certain professional levels, and we have a responsibility to our own profession and to wider society to show ourselves in that way. I think of CSci as the lingua franca of quality and proficiency.

The Science Council, through its diversity, is potentially an excellent forum across the disciplines. It’s essential that we break out of our disciplines, and their Science in Health group for example is a valuable means to achieve this.