Meet our students and alumni

We asked some of our students and graduates to share their experiences of studying in the School of Biosciences, and to tell us what they've ended up doing with their degree.

Lara Borkotoky

During these three years, I was exposed to a diverse array of lab techniques which granted me a first-hand glimpse into the life of a researcher

Lara Borkotoky BSc Biomedical Science

Lara was first drawn to the University of Sheffield because of its status as a Russell Group University. But what made her experience special was the encouragement and support from the academic staff in a course that gave her lots of options.

Karl Ng

The University of Sheffield is great for international students

Karl Ng MBiomedSci Biomedical Science with a Year In Industry

Karl is in his first year studying with us and has already gained a range of practical lab skills, as well as valuable transferrable skills.

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My MBiolSci year gave me the skills to secure my graduate job

Tom Scott MBiolSci Biology

During his MBiolSci research project, Tom had the opportunity to work with BirdLife International, a global conservation charity protecting birds. Thanks to the skills and knowledge he gained, Tom secured a graduate job with the organisation after he finished his degree.

Photo of Dagmara Szmaglinska  at graduation

Being around so many other international students has made this experience so much easier and enjoyable

Dagmara Szmaglinska BSc Biomedical Science

Dagmara was drawn to Sheffield because of how welcoming the city felt. After three years studying Biomedical Science, Dagmara has chosen to stay and continue her scientific learning to masters level.

Ella Shepherd at graduation

I spent my placement year working at GSK as a Clinical Development Associate

Ella Shepherd BSc Biomedical Science with Year in Industry

Ella chose to spend a year on a paid work placement as part of her Biomedical Science degree, working at GSK as a Clinical Development Associate. During the year, Ella gained a wealth of knowledge around conducting Phase 1 Clinical Trials, and surprised herself with how much responsibility she was able to take on.

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I developed my critical analysis skills and have become a confident public speaker

Daisy Thomas MBiomedSci Biomedical Science

Daisy chose to study Biomedical Science at Sheffield because of the amazing opportunities the department offered, from cadaver dissection to working in world-class facilities.

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The course really shapes you into a 'proper' scientist

Grace Gilbert MBiomedSci Biomedical Science

Grace loved spending time in the lab as part of her Biomedical Science degree, working with equipment and using techniques that she'd learnt about during lectures. Having mastered techniques including qPCR, immunostaining and flow cytometry during her fourth-year project, Grace will now continue her research with a PhD at Sheffield starting this autumn.

Photo of Sara Gohar after graduation

My course challenged me as a scientist and pushed me to become better than before

Sara Gohar MBiolSci Biochemistry and Genetics

Sara chose to study Biochemistry and Genetics at Sheffield with the aim of returning to her home country of Egypt to embark on a career in clinical research. Sara feels that her course challenged her as a scientist and pushed her to become better than before.

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There's no better place to explore your academic passions and learn things you never knew about yourself

Alice Marie Nisbet MBiolSci Biochemistry and Microbiology

Alice loved completing her third and fourth-year research projects in active university labs. She's now secured a PhD position at the Quadram Institute studying Salmonella paratyphi A - the next step towards a scientific career

Photo of Kyaw Htet  in the lab

I got to contribute to the global fight against Covid-19 during my placement year

Kyaw Htet BSc Biomedical Science with a Year in Industry

For his placement, Kyaw worked in a Lighthouse Laboratory as a Laboratory Scientist, responsible for unpacking and processing patients’ nasopharyngeal samples through assay workflow testing for the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

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