MRes Program, Medical Device Design and Entrepreneurship, Chinese Applicant

The MRes Program in Medical Device Design and Entrepreneurship at the XXXX University in London is my first choice for graduate school because of my profound admiration for your curriculum and the fact that I feel that I am the best fit with your program for a variety of reasons, including the location, taking advantage of the great resources of one of the world’s leading cities in every way, technology, science, culture, history, etc. A young Chinese woman fully in love with life, a student of biology, medicine, health, health care, and a great lover of all things natural, I seek harmony and the avoidance of intrusion. I look forward to giving my professional lifetime to designing medical devices that prolong and enhance the quality of human life. After gaining sufficient experience in my field working for corporations on the cutting edge of development in this area, I look forward to working with increasing independence.

I was born and raised on the outskirts of my city in China, in an area with lush, landscaped greenery, immersed in nursery gardens nestled among mountains, always in search of the real me, as part of rather than removed from nature. When I learned about the homologous genes of living things, I was amazed, curious, and already set on a course towards the intense study of Biology. I learned that my own most intense happiness and fulfillment could only be attained by reaching out, standing on the shoulders of the many great thinkers in Biology that have come before me in history. I love this sense of accumulated knowledge, making life at once more accessible and more powerful, with voluminous choices and opportunities, enabling me to see the starry sky of biology at its height.

I am somewhat troubled, however, by what I see as a certain asynchrony between the development of biological knowledge, on the one hand, and its application on the other. Thus, I seek to contribute to the building of a bridge between the Biological Sciences and the ‘real’ world, particularly with respect to my area of special interest, the biology of cell development. My studies so far have given me a comprehensive understanding of Biotechnology, especially with respect to microorganisms, plants, and animals - problem solving, data recording and phenomenon observation. Vb.NET and R Programming Language taught me how to retrieve information, apply database and improve efficiency. My dedication to real-world issues was demonstrated as an undergraduate student at the University of Birmingham with my study of the negative impact of land-use changes on terrestrial biodiversity. By 2016, I was spending long hours in Professor Liang’s lab doing microbiology research, colony counts and configurations of nutrient solutions, etc.; later studying the mechanisms of signal transduction of plant hormones.

This past summer, I completed an internship in Dr. XXXX’s lab at the University of XXXX, focusing on the regulation of cell death and tissue growth control. After joining the lab, I read a wealth of materials to familiar myself with the project background first, and then began to learn the operational techniques for larval imaginal disc dissection and fixation, investigating the potential roles of genes in the apoptosis-induced proliferation pathways relevant for specific gene modifications, enhancing my understanding of immunohistochemistry as well as microscopy and image processing. I became especially interested in cancer during this internship and rose to the challenge of performing subtle, direct operations on drosophila's larva under a microscope; soon beginning to culture fly stocks, so that I could get lines with certain genetic modifications for the next step of fly scoring and the ey> hid-p35 essay. In this way, I learned immunohistochemistry and microscopy as well as image processing. At last, I made a summary and report of the experimental stage results, conducted data analysis (excel), processed the data and displayed it intuitively with charts.

Attending lectures such as the 3rd Midlands Drosophila Meeting and the 13th International Symposium on Rice Functional Genomics enabled me to acquire a better grasp of the big picture and the importance of the latest achievements in my field. By successfully completing your program, I hope to devote myself to a long lifetime of research into the development of biological products and medical devices that improve and prolong quality of life - capitalizing on my research expertise and entrepreneurial abilities.

I especially look forward to close collaboration in the future with the Asian Emerging Market Innovative Medicine team set up in AstraZeneca, Shanghai as I am confident that this will help me to continue to broaden my knowledge base concerning drug candidate development and concept verification, learning as much as I can throughout my professional lifetime about potential scientific mechanisms of the most common diseases, particularly those having a major impact on China.

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