In my country, Bangladesh, there is a stereotypicalconception that if a student doesn’t get an opportunity to accomplish hisundergraduate degree from a renowned government university, he is incompetent.But I always begged to differ and rather believed that if a person is genuinelymeritorious and diligent, he will flourish in every aspect of life and thisperception is what transmuted my life.
I have completed my Bachelor of Pharmacyfrom one of the best private universities of Bangladesh, ‘University of AsiaPacific’ with the highest CGPA (3.99 out of 4.00). I have not only completed myundergraduate degree with full tuition waiver but have also been honored withseveral awards for my tremendous academic result. Now, I yearn to build up mycareer as a Pharmaceutical Scientist and pursuing a Ph.D. degree will be thestaircase to my dream.My aspiration of becoming a researcher inflamed when I havechosen Pharmaceutical Sciences as my course of study.
Back then I used tobelieve that Paracetamol is just a medicine that alleviates fever but neverthought it through that it takes a Pharmacist so much more- from the mechanismof COX inhibitors to packaging science- to manufacture a single piece oftablet. Every course, whether it is Pharmacology or Biotechnology, isinterlinked with each other which ultimately heeded me toward exploring andlearning more. Since that day, I realized my passion towards my dream and so Ihave never seized to offer my best at everything, along with any given platformthat provided me the opportunity to utilize my knowledge in terms of the pharmaceuticalfield. I was rewarded with the ‘Dr. Prof. Habibur Rahman Scholarship’ forachieving the highest scores in the Biopharmaceutics and Pharmacokineticstheory and lab courses. I secured the position of the champion in the ‘PharmaQuiz’ in the South East University Pharma Fest-2015.
I also acquired the ‘BestPoster Presentation’ award in the University of Asia Pacific PosterPresentation competition in 2015 for the poster titled: ‘Teixobactin- Freshhopes in the war against the bacteria’.After graduation, I had worked as an Analytical Development Executivefor six months in an internationally accredited industry named EskayefPharmaceuticals Limited, Bangladesh to make myself more knowledgeable in thepharmaceutical field. I was the first female and novice employee who had beenassigned with equipment qualification in the new general block FDA projectbesides my routine work in the research laboratory.
In addition, I learned variousmethods, starting from operating instruments to developing analytical methods.Although my supervisor was elated with my performance, yet I decided tosacrifice my job to give my full consideration to higher studies and to work onmy research interests.I always crave to explore the wide array of pharmaceuticaldisciplines to discover, design and manufacture new drugs and therapies. Theinspiration and desire both come from the fact that pharmaceutical industries inBangladesh are generic based, which basically means that we neither have anyscope for research on Drug Discovery nor do we have any Pharmaceutical Scientistwho can guide our pharmaceutical sector in this research field. On the otherhand, I am also eager to know more about disease-specific studies and Genomics. Even though ‘Genomics’ was never a part of myundergraduate syllabus, my passion for learning more pushed me toward buying anextraordinary book named “Principles of Genetics” by D.
Peter Snustad andMichael J. Simmons. After reading the book, molecular genetics’ contributionsin reference to the long lists of genetical diseases and their treatments arewhat fascinated me the most.
To gather more knowledge and research experience in mydesired research field, I enrolled for the Master of Science in PharmaceuticalTechnology in October 2016 and have successfully completed my post-graduationfrom University of Asia Pacific with CGPA 4.00 out of 4.00. Although my Universityhas published the M.S. result on the official website, my official transcriptand provisional certificate will be issued on December 27, 2017.
My courses forinstance-Advanced Pharmaceutical Technology, Biopharmaceutics andPharmacokinetics, and Modern drug delivery system-greatly enhanced my knowledgeof drug design, manufacture, and effectiveness. I took my 2nd-semesterthesis work on “Genetic variations of SMAD1 genes and its association withcolorectal cancer risk in Bangladeshi population”. The goal of our studyis to investigate whether Smad1 could be an interesting target for colorectalcancer therapy.
For my research, I useddifferent molecular techniques like DNA Extraction and Quantification,Polymerase Chain Reaction, and Electrophoresis. Soon after, I will be writingmy paper for publication in a journal about a high impact factor like ‘TumorBiology’. I want to be a part of the Medicinal Chemistry GraduateProgram (Ph.D.) at the University of Toledo in Fall 18 as it focuses on DrugDesign and provides facilities that allow for an extensive variety of researchapproaches.
I found from the university’s website that the College of Pharmacyand Pharmaceutical Sciences is associated with ‘The Center for Drug Design andDevelopment’ which I am very excited to be a part of. After going through thefaculty directory and their research interests, I discover that each researchproject is propitious whether it is on Neuroscience or Cancer Therapy andVaccines, thus I am confident to both render and learn a lot from them.Besides, the courses offered, starting from Biochemical Techniques to Methodsin Biotechnology is what I exactly want to focus on and study. After thoroughobservations of the program, I think that your graduate program is the best fitfor me.The whole journey of chasing my dream would not only make me knowledgeablebut would also personally benefit me as an individual. The overall goal ofreceiving a Ph.
D. degree would excessively aid me in my proficiency, thoughts andinnovative ideas as a Research Scientist both in the field of academy andindustry. I have the greatest passion for learning and I can prove to be one ofthe bests if I am given an opportunity to demonstrate my potential.