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Graduate profiles

Read the experiences of some of our recent prize-winning graduates and find out the careers paths they intend to follow.

Interviews with our former students

  • Andreea Manole (BSc Biochemistry)

    Andreea Manole"I chose to study for this degree at Essex because the curriculum of the Biochemistry degree was diverse and the research carried out in the School of Biological Sciences seemed to be very focused and intense.

    During my second year I was particularly attracted to modules such as Metals in Biology and Membrane Biology and Bioenergetics which involved elements of data analysis. In the third year I enjoyed ‘Drug Design And Human Pharmacology’ which provided practical experience in computer-aided drug design.

    Throughout my years at Essex I received exceptional support from the members of staff at the School of Biological Sciences. The classes were always captivating and with the breadth of knowledge and skills I gained during this time I was able to take the next steps towards my goal of a career as a research scientist. I plan to continue my education by undertaking a PhD in Neurology at the Institute of Neurology, UCL. This position is funded by the Medical Research Council. I then hope to follow an academic career and become an independent researcher."

    In her final year Andreea won the Syngenta and David Whytock Prize for the most outstanding final year performance in a Biochemistry-based course and the Biotechnology Prize for her performance on the final year research project.

  • Sona Vardanyan (BSc Biomedical Science)

    Sona Vardanya "I have always had a keen interest in science, thus choosing a degree within that subject was rather easy for me. Furthermore, I wanted to move from Norway to another country, and England was always my first choice. Searching for different degrees, I found Biomedical Science quite attractive and thought it was perfect for me. I only applied to the University of Essex and luckily I was accepted. The university appealed to me due to its good reputation and its campus life.

    My course offered me a range of interesting subjects and topics, however, I found immunology especially interesting. The lectures were stimulating and I gained a fascination with the subject, which is why I chose to write my dissertation within it.

    I have had so many memorable moments at the University throughout the three years, thus making it impossible for me to write down just one. Every lecture, every night out in Sub Zero, every picnic in the park, and every coffee from The Bakery will forever have a special place in my heart. This university did not only provide me with a good education, but friends that will be my best friends for the rest of my life. I am truly grateful for everything that I experienced at the University.

    I have been offered a place on an MSc Immunology course at King’s College London, which I have accepted. After finishing my masters, I might apply for a PhD, or medicine."

    In her final year Sona won the Reproductive Immunology Prize for her outstanding immunology-based research project.

  • Seema Ali (BSc Biomedical Science including placement year)

    Seema Ali "I selected BSc Biomedical Science (Integrated), primarily because I knew it had a placement year and in addition it was accredited by the IBMS. I knew that this degree would give me an excellent foundation for any career in the scientific sector, especially biomedical science. I chose the University of Essex, because I knew I would have the opportunity to learn from world-class researchers.

    I particularly enjoyed the lectures on virology and immunology and this eventually led me to select a final year project in molecular virology with Professor Glyn Stanway. This was an incredible opportunity and I very much enjoyed exploring an area that had not previously been investigated.

    I thoroughly enjoyed my time at the University of Essex and the most memorable thing from my time here has been all the people I have met. There has always been such a relaxed and friendly environment and all of the lecturers have always been easily approachable and helpful.

    Currently, I am working as a Trainee Biomedical Scientist in the Biochemistry Department of Colchester General Hospital where I hope to complete my specialist IBMS portfolio. In the longer term, I will try and apply for the NHS Scientist training programme to become a Clinical Scientist or maybe pursue postgraduate study."

    In her final year Seema won the Glaxo Smith Kline Prize for the most outstanding performance on BSc Biomedical Science and the John Gorrod Prize for her final year research project.