Undergraduate profile: Abi
What appealed to you about the course when you applied?
I was looking for a course that would give me the tools to be a modern-day biomedical researcher. I loved the idea of studying at Bristol because of its long history in the field, and the proximity to my home in London.
What do you think are the best things about the course modules?
In the first year, I enjoyed having a mix of chemistry (molecular level), biochemistry (cellular level), and an optional unit in physiology (body systems level). In the second year, I enjoyed having a mixture of core biochemistry and genetics courses. Overall, the best thing about the course is the plentiful practical work during the first two years and the laboratory project in the third year. I love getting hands-on experience in the lab!
What are you working on for your final year project?
I am working in a red blood cell lab. There is a lack of transfusable blood worldwide. The research group I am working in is developing novel cell lines from stem cell sources, so that one day blood can be grown sustainably in the lab. I feel my experience will give me the academic knowledge and lab skills to enter a competitive PhD programme after graduation.
What has been your biggest achievement so far as a student in Bristol?
I am very proud to have been part of several extra-curricular activities alongside my academic studies. In particular, I have been involved in running a series of careers talks, tailored to biosciences. We have been able to inspire hundreds of students with speakers from a range of organisations such as the NHS, Public Health England, the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, and many more.