Biomedical Science

Applied in: Winter 2013

University Offers: King's College, UCL, Bath, Durham

“The modern geography of the brain has a deliciously antiquated feel to it - rather like a medieval map with the known world encircled by terra incognito where monsters roam”. This quote from the New Scientist perfectly illustrates the many secrets the brain has yet to reveal. Part of my eagerness to study Biomedical Sciences comes from the curiosity to see through the complex map that is our body starting with the brain. Furthermore, the urge to contribute to a constantly evolving domain steers me in this scientific direction.

An introductory lesson to genes in school allowed me to discover another interesting side to the body. The words chromosome and allele were rapidly joined by RNA polymerase and codon, as I grew desirous to understand Human genetics. This interest for genetics lies on their crucial importance in life. Not only do they define each and every one of us, they can also influence one’s health. A few years ago, a well-known French singer, Gregory Lemarchal, died at just 23 of mucoviscidosis. Moved by this event I researched the causes of this disease. The affected gene provokes a malformation of its associated protein, as one amino acid is missing. From an infinitely small error is created a fatal illness. Biology class soon made me realise that detecting the cause of a disease is not always as simple as it is for mucoviscodosis. In the case of diabetes, external and internal factors play a role and the discovery for me was that no particular gene is responsible but a variety of predisposed genes. I find the elaborate composition of our body and its link to health compelling.

I read many articles, having subscribed to online scientific newspapers such as the New Scientist, and am fascinated by the wealth of discoveries made and new research paths opened. For instance, I recently read in Nature Genetics that there has been a breakthrough in understanding the genetic basis of schizophrenia. Interestingly this success, along with a growing number of findings, was achieved through international collaboration and contribution to a genome-wide association analysis. Such articles comfort my desire to commit to this field. Our world is now shaped by medical advances, advances that are only made possible by a strong internationality and dedication.

Two weeks at Oxford, this summer, confirmed my vocation. Indeed, I was clearly more drawn to aspects of genetics and neuroscience which were addressed as part of Human Sciences and Experimental Psychology classes. I won the Attainment Award for Academic Excellence. Wishing to pursue further my interest in the field, I have sought to gain experience in a laboratory. I have, as a result, been accepted for a work placement in February next year at the UCL institute of Neurology.

My extra-curricular activities extend from artistic creation to a love of sports. I am an avid photographer and have also been taking drawing lessons for several years. To push myself I have taken part in photography and art competitions. A drawing of mine on the theme “My London” was selected for an exhibition in 2012 at the Royal College of Art for Cancer Research in the United Kingdom. A curiosity for foreign cultures led me to eye-opening experiences. Last summer I decided to spend two weeks in a Russian family. The complete immersion in the Muscovite way of life deepened my autonomy and broadened my sense of responsibility. To fulfil my competitiveness and dynamism, sports have always been a priority. Swimming regularly at Ethos, Imperial College and playing volleyball at my school give me the perfect balance between individual challenges and team spirit.

Ultimately I aspire to a career as a researcher. I hope to gain a wide range of new skills and abilities from studying biomedical sciences that will turn ambition into reality.

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