I was awarded my B.Sc (Hons) in Pharmacology from Glasgow Caledonian University in July, 2009. Throughout my Undergraduate years, I worked on a number of research projects, which ranged from investigating the impact of Gram-positive cell wall components on wild-type and mutant Connexin 26 (Cx26) hemichannel activity in keratinocytes, to the role of the mitochondrial cholesterol trafficking protein, Steroidogenic Acute Regulatory protein (StAR), in macrophage inflammatory responses. This led me on to develop a strong interest in research, and to undertake the four-year Wellcome Trust Ph.D programme at the University of Dundee.
The programme appealed to me for a number of reasons, including: its interdisciplinary nature; the renowned and distinguished scientists involved with the programme; the state of the art facilities available, and the flexibility offered in terms of the direction of the research. The cross-disciplinary nature of the programme, particularly in the first year, enabled me to carry out research across several departments, cover a broad spectrum of research areas, and thus expand my knowledge and understanding of Cellular and Molecular Biology through a range of different perspectives.
The School of Life Sciences holds internal seminars by students and staff, and seminars given by external speakers. This, coupled with the diverse research groups in the School, provides a stimulating environment between leading academics, industrialists and students which is supported by excellent scientific facilities. Importantly, there is also an active social scene within the School, making it easy to meet fellow students through departmental sports teams and activities. This extends to the University of Dundee and Students’ Union as a whole, which offer memberships to an extensive range of sports and social clubs.