Current Position: BBSRC funded PhD Studentship, Imperial College London
In my PhD I’ll be studying how the parasites African Trypanosomes, which cause sleeping sickness, control expression of their protein coats to evade the immune system.
Although I chose to pursue biochemistry, I enjoyed the broad range of modules provided in first year. These gave me a good understanding of a variety of topics within biomedicine, from genetics to pharmacology.
Later in the course I found the more specialised biochemistry-specific modules really interesting as they went into lots more detail. In the final year especially, we were given a lot of insight into the wide range of research currently going on in the university and being carried out by the lecturers.
Throughout the three years I have been lucky to have been taught by supportive and motivational lecturers, who are leaders in their fields.
Between second and third year, I carried out an eight week summer research project in the Institute for Cell and Molecular Biosciences. These placements are a great opportunity to gain an insight into what everyday life in research entails. It was after completing this that I could see myself going on to postgraduate research.
I have really enjoyed my three years spent studying in Newcastle. It’s a great city to be in as a student and there are lots of clubs and societies to suit all interests. The University and the School of Biomedical Sciences have been very supportive and provided me with opportunities and experiences that have enabled me to go on to pursue post graduate research.