Postgraduate Profile: Andrea Gallio
What are you studying?
I’m studying for the PhD degree in Chemistry. My project aims to develop fluorescently labelled-proteins to quantify heme within cells, an essential molecule for cellular metabolism.
What do you particularly enjoy about postgraduate study in your department?
The academic environment, which is a vibrant and inclusive one.
Why did you decide to apply for your programme?
I knew I wanted to pursue a postgraduate research programme after my Master’s. I’ve always been interested in analysing biological systems with the eye of a chemist and I knew that by choosing this programme I was going to be able to do so.
What are the facilities in your department like?
State-of-the-art facilities are available in the department with highly qualified staff who happily shares its expertise with users.
How much support do you get from staff?
Lots of help has been provided to me from my supervisor and the research group. As an EU student, support while moving to Bristol was essential and the process could not go smoother.
A constant feedback is provided for my research work through periodic group meetings and face-to-face discussions, which is extremely helpful to bring up new ideas.
Also, the postgraduate administration team is always keen on keeping students up to date and ready to answer thoroughly to any question. Only need to ask.
How does postgraduate study differ from an undergraduate degree?
A postgraduate study is more challenging, time- and energy-consuming, but can be way more gratifying. Trainings, seminars, conferences, and many hours in the lab fill postgrad’s calendar. With your project, you have for the first time the chance to be an active part of the scientific community and directly get to work with world leading scientists.
Is there anything you would want to tell a prospective postgraduate student considering studying Chemistry?
Being able to put your efforts into something you are passionate about really is something that gets you out of bed in the morning. Go for it.