I can’t say what I enjoyed most about the course; there are so many options

Maria-Lorena Gudurman
Maria-Lorena Gudurman
MSc student
Advanced Cell and Gene Therapies
Maria-Lorena discovered the Advanced Cell and Gene Therapies course during her undergraduate studies and says that she stayed in Sheffield because it felt like a second home to her.
Maria-Lorena Gudurman

How did you first get interested in cell and gene therapies?

I first became interested in cell and gene therapies during my undergraduate studies. I became fascinated by the potential of using genetic and cellular approaches to treat devastating conditions that affect so many people around the world. 

As I delved deeper, I began to realise the immense potential of cell and gene therapies in treating not just neurodegenerative diseases, but a wide range of other conditions as well. The idea was incredibly exciting to me, and knew then that I wanted to help contribute to the development of these life-changing treatments.

What made you want to do the Advanced Cell and Gene Therapies course at Sheffield?

I found out about the course from one of my third-year lecturers. I was immediately interested as it is a mix of my interests. Mainly it was guided by a wish to help make a difference; I believe that this field has the potential to revolutionise healthcare and offer new hope to patients and their families.

By pursuing a master's degree in cell and gene therapy, I was eager to deepen my knowledge and contribute to the development of these potentially life-changing treatments. 

Not many universities offer this course, and after spending my undergraduate years here Sheffield is already like a second home to me. 

How has the Innovation Hub Bursary helped you with your postgraduate studies?

The Innovation Hub bursary has been invaluable. Before receiving it, I was juggling multiple jobs while trying to balance my academic workload. With the support of the bursary, I have been able to manage my time more effectively and focus more fully on my studies, allowing me to delve deeper into my coursework and research. 

I am extremely grateful for the support provided by the bursary, and I look forward to utilizing the skills and knowledge gained through my postgraduate studies to make a positive impact. 

What have you enjoyed most about the Advanced Cell and Gene Therapies course?

I can’t say what I enjoy most about the course; there are so many options. The range of modules offers a comprehensive understanding of the latest advancements in the field of cell and gene therapies, and the lecturers are real experts in the field of cell and gene therapy, from both an academic and industry perspective. 

The quality of the modules, lecturers, research projects, and department organisation made it a truly exceptional program, and I would highly recommend it to anyone with an interest in pursuing a career in this rapidly growing field.

What are your plans for after graduation?

It’s hard to know exactly what I’ll do after graduation, as we’re only just starting our research projects. I’m keen on entering industry, but I’m still exploring all of my options. 

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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