Edgars Kelmers

I obtained bachelor degree in Medical Engineering from Riga Technical University (Latvia) in 2015. During my bachelor I also went abroad to Belgium to study biomechanics in KU Leuven.

After I graduated, I worked for 2.5 years in a Biomechanics test laboratory at DePuy. My test experience was mostly related to destructive mechanical testing of surgical instruments.

What attracted you to the Centre for Doctoral Training in Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine – Innovation in Medical and Biological Engineering?

During my previous studies I developed interest in biomechanics and orthopedically implants and I saw this programme as a great opportunity to expand my knowledge in these areas.

Briefly explain what your research is about and what you hope to find?

I have not yet decided on my final research. However my vision is to undertake research on joint replacement, perform Finite Element analysis and validation of computational models.

How did you hope the CDT integrated PhD would give you an advantage over a conventional PhD?

The biggest advantage is having an additional year of Master courses. This first year allows me to reduce the knowledge gaps and gives more time to find the PhD project that suits my interests.

What have you most enjoyed during your time on the CDT Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine – Innovation in Medical and Biological Engineering programme?

I like the people from the CDT program. Both students and lecturers are friendly and extra helpful.

What benefits do you feel you get from the interdisciplinary nature of the course?

The course is well rounded. I am pleased that I get to study outside of my mechanical engineering background, for example, tissue engineering and business management. Although it does put me out of the comfort zone, but I believe it`s only for the best for my future.

How do you hope to extend the experience gained from the course in your future career?

I want to take the gained knowledge to the industry. My previous work experience shows that in industry you do not have much time to study, the work duties always take priority. While PhD is one of the rare positions where you are obliged to study and get better.

What have you found most challenging about the CDT course?

There are many deadlines to meet. CDT course is not so different from working in an industry. When you just have a feeling that you are on top of your tasks, then suddenly something else appears that you have to do on top of your studies.

Could you give one phrase that would persuade others to join the CDT?

Freedom to study will give you a second chance to reach your future goals.

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