Organisms, in all their diversity, exist.
The human body is a complex organism made up of many diverse systems working together to maintain life. The way in which the human body works and how it’s perfectly adapted to this world is something that is unmatched in its wonder. My interest and excitement for laboratory work is due to the limitless potential of the life sciences and the opportunity for discovering world-changing breakthroughs.
My desire to understand life on a deeper, biological level and to be involved in the discovery, analysis and diagnosis of cells and disease has inspired me to pursue a career in biomedical science. I am a highly motivated and enthusiastic second year Biomedical Science undergraduate at the University of Essex. The course has taught and allowed me to develop many key skills influencing my development as an effective student. For instance, I have learnt effective information retrieval from lectures and the writing of scientific reports and essays to giving PowerPoint presentations and having effective time management. My time at university has required me to meet and submit work for several deadlines; all within short spaces of spaces of time. This meant I had to organise and prioritise tasks so that I could submit my work before designated due date and still achieved excellent results. I have become proficient in conducting key research and analysing data in a detailed and scientific manner.
I was able to achieve this through laboratory sessions for modules which I undertook approximately twice a week. I was able to develop a strong knowledge of diverse modern laboratory topics, instruments and hands-on techniques which range from: preparing specimens, using cell cultures, mixing chemical solutions to conducting experiments such as gel electrophoresis chromatography and protein purification and recording the data for these tests. I believe that I possess the expertise in performing a full range of tasks to ensure lab efficiency and productivity. Additionally, I have particularly enjoyed modules in microbiology, and biochemistry and I’m particularly interested in the pathogenic effects of viruses and bacteria and how they cause changes in human cells. I believe that I also possess the aptitude to integrate superior organisation and communication skills across all levels of research and testing giving me the ability to easily understand and carry out directions from superiors and peers. I was able to undergo work experience which included the opportunity to visit the histology department at Colchester General Hospital whereby I was able to see biomedical scientists working first hand.
Here, I was able to appreciate the impact of a laboratory role on patient care that the laboratory findings had a key clinical significance for patients and that research is essential in the diagnosis of disease. Furthermore, enabled me to apply my educational knowledge within the practical world. My communication skills can be demonstrated through my involvement with the university society Enactus and my part time job. This is applicable to the role of Undergraduate Researcher as working with others on a project will require essential team cohesiveness. I am also a Peer Mentor within the Biological Sciences department in my university. The role involves providing guidance and information to first year students showing my ability to be a leader. Being able to balance both extra-curricular activity and academics further demonstrates good time management skills.
I believe that my passion for medical research complemented by my extensive knowledge of laboratory techniques will translate into dedication to the work as an Undergraduate Researcher in the school of bioscience at the University of Salford alongside Professor Steven Morrissey. I would be honoured to work with and believe I possess the drive and determination to ensure success working alongside this multidisciplinary team.