As far as I know, I am the only Slovak who was accepted Biomedical Sciences at Oxford this year. In demanding entrance exams, I stood against more than 530 talented people from all over the world. Apart from me, only about 40 more people received a study offer.
I spent many hours preparing for difficult entrance tests and interviews – I read articles, books, listened to podcasts, had an internship at The Institute of Molecular Biomedicine at Komensky University in Bratislava, volunteered in Mareena- an organisation that cares for the well-being of foreigners, took part in several competitions…
I did all this with joy because am passionate about biomedicine and contributing to my community.
“To be able to help others, I first need to find help myself.”
I have a deep interest in epigenetic* drug discovery and development. It is a relatively novel area of research that has promising implications for patients suffering from severe diseases, such as cancer, diabetes or Alzheimer’s. In Oxford, I will get an amazing opportunity to learn about epigenetic of disease from leading authorities in the field. I firmly believe that after my studies, I will be able to work on designing epigenetic chemical probes – small molecules that could form a base of future drugs. In this way, I would be able to help suffering patients from all around the globe.
*Epigenetics examines how external factors (pollution, diet) or internal influences (stress hormones) affect the way cells interact with their DNA. A DNA molecule could be compared to a recipe book, which cells use to produce important proteins (for example hormones or enzymes). Certain chemicals can make these recipes unreadable or, conversely, they may make a cell reads them too often. When genes switch on and off in this way, it can result in illness. For example, some types of cancer may have an epigenetic basis.
I need to pay the following expenses :
*living costs include visa, accommodation, flight tickets, food and books
I still need £33,990 (40,200 €) to start my first academic year. I need to document that I have this money by the end of May.
I am genuinely grateful to all people who are encouraging me not to let lack of finances prevent me from realizing my dreams.
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