Alpa Patel

After completing my undergraduate degree in Biomedical Sciences (BSc) at Northumbria University, I undertook the Molecular Medicine and Cancer Research MSc course offered by Brunel University. I was attracted to the course because I wanted to further my understanding of the underlying mechanisms of cancer, and the course incorporated several aspects, including genetics, as well as treatment of cancers and technologies routinely used in cancer diagnostics. The MSc course was varied and interesting with a mixture of taught lectures, practical work and group work/presentations, which have helped me to increase my knowledge of the topic in different ways. I found the ‘Intracellular Signalling and Cancer’ module highly fascinating, although very complex and intricate at times!

In addition to this, I really enjoyed the practical aspect of the MSc course, which included a nine-month research dissertation. Through the research project, I was able to develop essential laboratory skills, as well as gaining hands-on practical experience in several molecular-genetic techniques. 

Outside of academia, I volunteer as a ‘STEM (Science, Engineering, Technology and Maths) Ambassador’, which is a national scheme aimed to promote STEM subjects to young people. Through STEM, I have had the opportunity to be a ‘Competition Judge’ at ‘The Big Bang Fair’ held at the Science Museum, which was a very rewarding and fun experience.

I am currently a 2nd year PhD student in Biosciences at Brunel University, with a fully funded studentship and an industrial collaborator. The help and support that I received during my MSc from the staff has proven invaluable in my chosen career path, and after completing my PhD, I hope to move into the Pharmaceutical Industry.

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