(BSc.(Hons), MRSC, C.Chem, GPhc)
This article was written by Colin Towers.
After graduating with a degree in pharmacy, Colin went straight into private industry to work as an analytical chemist. He did several years of high throughput routine QC testing using primarily HPLC, with several further years as an instrument troubleshooting and maintenance specialist on a variety of instrumental analytical techniques. The next roles led to a further 11 years on the bench in contract analytical testing as a method development / validation specialist, primarily in LC-MS/MS, GC-MS, HPLC, GC, AAS and SPE on a huge variety of applications. This was supplemented by a 3 year lecturing contract teaching the analysis of controlled drugs and analytical toxicology as part of a forensics degree course, then 2.5 years working as a community pharmacist in the East End of Glasgow.
Colin joined Crawford 3.5 years ago to work as a technical specialist, trainer and consultant.
'Initially self taught in LC-MS I learned the hard way, so if there's a mistake to be made or something to break, I've probably done it in my early stages. Years of practical, hands-on experience in operating singles, traps, triples, Q-TOFs and currently an Orbitrap. Coming from a contract background it's been drummed into me from an early age that everything has to be done as practically, quickly, accurately, reliably and compliantly as possible.'