An interview with Adam Ostrowski

Name: Adam Ostrowski

Current Job: Microbiologist

Scientific Discipline/Field: Biotechnology/Renewable energy

Country: UK

Pick some letters (L,G,B,T,Q,+, etc.): G

Website: https://scholar.google.co.uk/citations?user=JrNMrzQAAAAJ&hl=en

Twitter or other social media handle: @adamostr

What does your job involve?

I work with a young start-up company in Edinburgh. The technology we’re developing is aimed at increasing the efficiency of a waste disposal process called Anaerobic Digestion. It’s a natural way for converting any organic waste waste food, sewage or farm waste into an alternative source of gas. As a microbiologist I work on optimising the biological process of anaerobic digestion and prepare the most efficient ways to apply our technology tailored to the needs of each client.

How did you get to this job (education etc.)?

I did my PhD in microbiology and followed it up with a couple of post-doc positions at a university. I then decided to move into academia and this is a second small company I work for.

Do you feel being LGBT has affected your career decisions?

Not really, it was maybe a small factor in deciding to move away from my home country, but I would have made that decision anyway.

Have you had any reactions from colleagues about being LGBT, either good or bad?

Not at all, all were very positive and supportive.

Did you have any role models growing up (LGBT, STEM, totally unrelated.)?

I was always fascinated by science, but I don’t think I had anyone in particular I was looking up to.

What are your plans for the future?

Keep developing myself, work on new exciting technologies and push my little bit of the world forward together with my wonderful husband.

Anything else you’d like to add?

A motto I like: Always be true to yourself. No-one can tell you who you are, what to believe in or where your place.

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