Cell biologists usually work indoors in a laboratory. They often focus on research, but most conduct some sort of tissue culturing, cloning of cells, and creating cell models with specific research purposes in mind.
They spend a lot of time sitting and working with scientific equipment, such as pipettes, microscopes, and more high-tech equipment. Their specific job is more mental, but it requires fine motor skills to compile slides and work with small organisms. Cell biologists occasionally collect research data from environments outside their lab. They often work for private health and research organizations or for the government. Cell biologists have a doctorate in cell biology or a related biological field.
They work with laboratory assistants, other scientific research assistants, and administrators, such as directors of individual programs. They may also act as consultants for other organizations doing specific cell-related projects and analyzing scientific data. In addition to scientific work, cell biologists often have experience with computer programs that relate to entering, organizing, and compiling specific data. Their research is often published in scientific journals. Cell biologists often work a typical 9 to 5 schedule, though they may stay late to meet specific project deadlines. A typical day may involve analyzing slides of specific cells or cultures, conducting research experiments, compiling data into a computer program, and analyzing the outcome of their research.
Cell Biologist Tasks
May teach graduate and medical students.
Analyze, write, and present research findings to public or in scholarly articles.
Develop research projects and experiments to advance products and inventions.
Supervise research technicians.