Joshua Burton '05

Joshua Burton '05

Joshua Burton ’05 (York, Pa.) has achieved a lot since graduation; his greatest accomplishment was assisting in the launch of Becton, Dickinson and Company’s newest automated blood culture instrument. 

“An automated blood culturing instrument detects for bacteria, which is one of the major causes of sepsis, stress in the body,” he said. “I assisted in the validation process of the instrument prior to its launch.”

Joshua, a Biology graduate, works as a research and development micro scientist for Becton, Dickinson, a medical company that develops and sells medical devices and instruments.

“I don’t have a set schedule,” he said. “One day I could be in Puerto Rico making changes at a manufacturing plant, and the next day I could be performing bacterial growth testing to improve the existing products that are sold to the public.”

The Biology program at York was very beneficial to Joshua because of the individual research requirement. “I’ve met many people that did not have to perform personal research, giving me an advantage when I was job searching,” he said.

Joshua suggests students “make a decision on what you want and don’t let anything stop you from your goals.”

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