I still lean back on what I learnt in Sheffield every day

Adam Martak student testimonial
Adam Martak
BSc Molecular Biology
Home country: Slovakia
Adam moved from Slovakia to Sheffield to study Molecular Biology. Since graduating, he has worked in a number of business-related roles in Austria, Sweden and Eastern Europe, from start-ups to large corporations like Pfizer or Roche, and one day hopes to start his own business.
Adam Martak student testimonial

Currently, I am wrapping up my Master’s degree in Bioentrepreneurship at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden as well as interning in investment management at the Austrian governmental investment bank (Austria Wirtschaftsservice) in Vienna as part of this degree.

There, I am primarily responsible for conducting technical and commercial due diligence on emerging Austrian life science companies. Five years later, I still lean back on what I learnt in Sheffield every day.

My experience of Molecular Biology in Sheffield has had a significant impact on my life. Like many others, it was the first time for me living away from home, only I had the added challenge of coming from an Eastern European country with a different language and culture.

I feel the quality of teaching at Sheffield was excellent. Theoretical modules were complemented by laboratory work and related analysis sessions. This was perhaps one of the strongest elements of the course – useful whether or not you would like to stay in academia after graduation.


I feel the quality of teaching at Sheffield was excellent. Theoretical modules were complemented by laboratory work and related analysis sessions. This was perhaps one of the strongest elements of the course – useful whether or not you would like to stay in academia after graduation.

Adam Martak

BSc Molecular Biology


This strong laboratory focus has helped me to land two summer research placements back in my home country, which then led to my first job after graduation.

The variety of available projects in the third year catered to every interest. Me and some of my other classmates chose business-related projects, others carried out research, science communication or teaching projects.

I made many friends over the three years in Sheffield (oh, the memories), some of whom I am still in regular contact with even five years after graduation. Many have gone on to do research at the top notch institutions in the UK or abroad.

After finishing my graduate degree, I am planning to finally give in to my entrepreneurial tendencies and give my own genomics project a shot of transforming into a real business.


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