Embracing life as a young scientist

Course: BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science

25 October 2017

It’s hard for me to come up with just one reason why I studied Biomedical Science at ARU, but looking back, I know it was the right decision.

Having graduated from ARU in 2016, I have recently completed the MSc programme in Cancer & Molecular and Cellular Biology at Barts Cancer Institute in London, where I am now a Science Writer.

My time at ARU gave me the opportunity to feed my curiosity with human biology and develop the necessary skills for life as a young scientist. Most importantly, it gave me the foundation for my greatest passion to date – cancer biology – a subject that I hope to pursue in a PhD shortly.

The best things come to those who wait. It was not until my third year of Biomedical Science that I came across cancer in detail. Learning about the cellular and molecular basis of cancer with Dr Claire Pike and its hallmarks with Dr Peter Coussons – something clicked. I suppose the lesson here is not to give up and continue until you find what truly fascinates you. The third year was definitely the highlight of my time at ARU. Although it may have been easy to get lost between the increasing number of essays, presentations and exams, having the freedom to explore my own scientific interests was the best part.

At ARU, I chose to do a cancer-related lab project and spent many months in the tissue culture laboratory. Dealing with problems and unexpected results is the most difficult part of any project, but learning from them is even more important.

Many of these experiences have helped me during my MSc, particularly in my most recent lab project, investigating mechanisms of acquired drug resistance in lung cancer. Now more than ever, I am determined to pursue a career in cancer research.

If you have a genuine interest, drive and passion for your subject, Anglia Ruskin will provide you with the necessary tools to help you achieve your goals – the rest is up to you.

Reza, ARU graduate