human body is fascinating; complex, yet perfectly organized. I find
it truly extraordinary how cells, tissues and organs communicate to keep the
body in balance and tackle diseases and infections. We have come incredibly far in solving the
genetic puzzle of our own existence in terms of discoveries and achievements
compared to our recent history. However, as Matt Ridley writes in one of his
books, “the genome that we decipher in this generation is but a snapshot of an
ever-changing document”. This is exactly what I love about science – a never ending journey of boundless discovery
in the quest for new knowledge.
was during my high school years, that I came to the realization that my true
passion lies in discovery and that I wanted to use this passion to help people.
Today, my desire in studying and understanding the biological processes linked
between cells, tissues and organs in health and disease is my ultimate goal. I
believe that by completing this degree, I will be fully prepared to continue my
journey in obtaining a PhD degree and pursue a career as a research scientist.
Currently, I am enrolled in a Chemical and
Biotechnical Science degree. The majority of time I have spent in the
laboratory, performing chemical, microbiological and biochemical analysis. My
main interest lies in the microbiology and biotechnical modules, where I have
had the chance to work with projects such as production of Penicillin by
cultivation of Penicillium chrysogenum, production
and purification of the enzyme Alkaline phosphatase, and cultivation of
mammalian CHO-K1 cells, among others.
As part of my degree, I completed a one-year
internship in Department of Haematology, University of Cambridge. I chose to
apply there, because of my high interest in cancer research. It was an exciting
and educationally enriching experience in the world of lymphoma research. The research
focus of the group was understanding how loss of control during the Germinal
Centre B cell reaction as a result of genetic alterations and mutations, affect
lymphocyte development and how that contributes to lymphomagenesis. I was able
to gain valuable laboratory, analytical and evaluative skills, and acquire a
broad knowledge in B cell development and B cell malignancies. For my final
project, I had the chance to work with CRISPR/Cas9 – the genome editing tool
that could potentially be the solution to many diseases. I