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MMSc Clinical Microbiology, UK, Sample Personal Statement, Applicant from Turkey

I hold an undergraduate degree in Biology and a Master’s Degree in Toxicology from my native Turkey and I have now been living in London for more than a year. My central interest is public health from a chemical perspective – Clinical Microbiology.

I have been falling very much in love this past year with London and its vast resources, the city itself, the West; especially academia. I see your MSc Programme in Clinical Microbiology at XXXX University’s School of Medicine and Dentistry as the optimal springboard upon which to grow professionally as an international solider against contagious disease, especially insofar as it relates to Turkey.

Of course, given the number of Turkish people living in Europe and the constant traffic between Turkey and Europe - especially these days in the form of political refugees - there is much work to be done with respect to safeguarding public health in Europe as well as Turkey. I crave responsibility and I think that by the time that I have completed your rigorous Master’s Program, I will be in a position to make important contributions in the area of Clinical Microbiology that will continue for my lifetime and beyond.

I could not be happier with my decision to dedicate my life to the study of issues in Clinical Microbiology. I became fully immersed in and quite addicted to this area of study as a Master’s student in the area of Microbiology, writing my thesis on the subject of salmonella typhimurium organisms. In fact, I look forward to the fullest of all possible lifetimes of ongoing study about and publication concerning the development of antibiotic resistance against contagious disease. This is what I find myself reading about most frequently in the literature, almost on a daily basis.

Most recently, I have become alarmed by the fact that typhoid, measles, and poliomyelitis have been reported in Turkey - for the first time in almost 40 years – something which is generally attributed to the swelling numbers of refugees. This represents an enormous threat, particularly to children who are highly vulnerable to contagion at school. All of this is helping to drive anti-refugee sentiment in Turkey, naturally, when one’s children are threatened with extinction. Nevertheless, I am not myself anti-refugee; in fact, I am proud of my country for accepting so many refugees and being willing to serve as the primary base of operations for their care, even if it did so largely because it had little-to-no other choice. What I want to do is fight the disease and contagion, keeping everyone safe, including the refugees, whoever the carriers might be.

Your Clinical Microbiology MSc Programme at XXXX and The XXXX School of Medicine and Dentistry is for me the ideal programme to drive my career forward as a soldier in the cause of public health, preparing me to assume increasing levels of responsibility in the struggle against contagious disease. I am very much looking forward, in particular, to studying under Professor XXXX. I find Professor XXXX’s research in the area of infectious disease and microbiology to be enormously inspiring. Microbiology is the area that I know best and the field that generates the greatest of passions deep within me. I become glued to my research and stay with it like a bulldog that does not let go until the opponent is vanquished. I look forward to a long and very prosperous lifetime fully immersed in the study of antimicronial resistance and how infectious diseases are best diagnosed and treated.

I appreciate very much the fact that your program at XXXX University is one of the leading universities in the UK and especially famous for its success in the Medical Sciences. Walking hand in hand with the unsurpassed quality of your curriculum and faculty is the fact that graduates of your university have among the very highest rates of employability.

I am more comfortable and happy in the laboratory than anywhere else. I look forward to serving as a research assistant as well as conducting my own research to the extent to which I have the opportunity to do so. I adore teamwork and look forward to making valuable contributions to team efforts.

As a Master’s student I wrote my thesis on mutagenic-carcinogenic issues. The battle against cancer is also a central part of a global struggle that I see as my own, but I do not wish to focus exclusively in that area; rather, I seek to understand cancer as one piece of a larger puzzle.

I look forward to achieving a vast enhancement of the great deal that I already know about Fundamental and Industrial Microbiology, Disease Control, Cancer Research, and most of all Clinical Microbiology so as to have the optimal springboard for launching me on the way to my maximum contribution to human wellbeing through the creation of new treatments for a variety of different diseases.

I thank you for consideration of my application.

Sample 1st Paragraph for the Master’s Degree in Immunology and Infectious Diseases, Saudi Applicant

As long as I can remember I have been intrigued by all living things, in fact, with life itself. This is why I will soon be completing my BS Degree in Biological Sciences at the University of XXX with a Minor in Chemistry. I am a young Saudi man who wants very much to become an international scientist on the front lines of our battles against infectious disease and I see your program as the ideal location to continue my studies towards my long term goal of making important contributions to the medical sciences.

Great Accomplishments in Biology

The great accomplishments in biology affect everyone eventually. That’s why biology is such an important field to explore.

Aristotle: 384–322 BC

The ancient Greek philosopher, Aristotle, is often not considered when it comes to great biological discoveries, but his work on the classification of living things was revolutionary at the time.

Referred to as the 'Ladder of Life', Aristotle's classification system was still in use until the 19th century (a long time).

Aristotle was the first to person to recognize the relationships between species and organize them accordingly.

Carl Linnaeus: 1707–1775

A botanist, physician and zoologist, Linnaeus came up with the system of naming, ranking, and classifying organisms that we still use today.

It was his vast collection of plant, animal, and shell specimens that lead to Linnaeus' coming up with a way of grouping and naming species. He separated all living things into three kingdoms; animals, plants and minerals, and then subdivided them into classes, orders and finally genura and species.

Charles Darwin: 1809–1882

Probably the most famous naturalist of all time, Darwin's contribution to biology and society is vast: he established that all species of life have descended over time from common ancestors via the process of natural selection.

Darwin’s theory of evolution was published in his book On the Origin of Species in 1859 and it caused quite the stir. Darwin was disputing the long-held belief that all species had been created by God.

Evolution by natural selection combined with Mendelian genetics is now accepted as the modern evolutionary synthesis and forms the foundations of much biological scientific endeavor. 

Francis Crick and James Watson: 1962

Francis Crick and James Watson shot to fame in 1962 due to their discovery of the structure of DNA, winning the medical Nobel Prize in the process. Their model of DNA (double helix) explains how DNA replicates and how hereditary info is coded and passed on.

The discovery of structure has led to a much more sophisticated understanding of function, used in disease diagnosis and treatment, forensics, etc.

More Recent Discoveries

A Bigger Genetic Alphabet

Everywhere on Earth, the genetic code at the heart of living things consists of the same four genetic letters—except in a flask of Escherichia coli bacteria on a lab bench in southern California.

Researchers there recently engineered the bacteria to incorporate two additional letters into their genetic alphabet.

In addition to the natural nucleotides, in which G pairs with C and A pairs with T, the bacterial DNA includes a novel pair: X and Y.

Researchers around the globe had already devised several pairs of “unnatural” nucleotide bases that, in the test tube, could fit within the DNA's double helix.

They also managed to get DNA's copying machine, an enzyme known as DNA polymerase, to copy some of the new pairs. No one had ever made it all happen inside living organisms before.

The new letters in the E. coli DNA don't code for anything at this point—but in principle, researchers could use them to create designer proteins that include “unnatural” building blocks: amino acids beyond the 20 encoded by the bases in normal DNA.

Cells That Might Cure Diabetes

Since the discovery of human embryonic stem (ES) cells, researchers have been trying to get them to help treat disease.

The quest has been frustratingly slow, despite more than adequate funding. For more than a decade—for example—labs all over the world have sought to turn ES cells into cells of the pancreas called β cells.

β cells respond to rising blood sugar by making insulin: a hormone that allows cells to take up and use glucose. An autoimmune attack that kills β cells leads to type 1 diabetes.

This year, researchers came closer to the goal of using stem cells to somehow treat diabetes, when two groups published methods for growing cells that resemble human β cells.

One approach works with both ES cells and so-called induced pluripotent stem cells: reprogrammed cells that can be made from skin cells.

The recipe is complex, and it takes 7 weeks to convert stem cells into the insulin-producing cells, but researchers can grow 200 million of the β-like cells in a 500-ml flask, which—in theory—is enough to treat a patient. The other method takes 6 weeks and can produce one β-like cell for every two ES cells used.

To use the cells to treat type 1 diabetes, researchers need to develop ways of protecting them from the autoimmune reaction that kills β cells.

Meanwhile, the scientists are studying diabetes in the lab. Researchers have already started to compare β cells made from skin cells of healthy subjects with those made from patients with diabetes, hoping to pinpoint the key differences between them.

A degree in biology can lead to a number of fascinating careers. But the first step involves getting onto the program of your choice. Ready? If you’d like some help creating a compelling personal statement that blows all the other ducks out the water, let us know.

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