Ferdos Abid Ali

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I chose to study at Brookes because my friends had been raving about the Biology department. When I attended an Open Day I was really impressed with the cutting edge facilities and the approachable staff.

On the course, I got the chance to work at the division of structural biology (STRUBI) as part of my third year project. Whilst there I applied the theoretical knowledge I had gained in university and carried out experiments using new techniques.

The prospect of working towards something that could prevent disease was exhilarating and learning about all of the laboratory procedures, from cloning to crystallisation, was undoubtedly a defining experience as an aspiring scientist.

After graduating in May, I went back to STRUBI as a paid research assistant for four months. I’ve now started an MRes course in Cancer Biology at Imperial College with the next step being a PhD and a career in cancer research.