Lekha Koria

I previously studied at the University of Warwick and graduated with a Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2016.

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

I was drawn to the CDT because of its vast number of research areas from which I could choose a research project, as well as numerous industry and academic collaborations.

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

My research project involves characterising arthritic bone in the ankle. I hope to assess the quality of bone in the ankle and determine whether a more tissue-preserving intervention could be used and hence delay the need for total ankle replacement or arthrodesis.

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

I definitely have enjoyed participating in the multitude of opportunities available to us, including laboratory placements, industry seminars and conferences.

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

I initially thought not having a scientific background would put me at a disadvantage against my peers, but I found that we all learnt a great deal from each other when discussing our assignments or research ideas together. This, along with biology-based modules and laboratory placements, has greatly improved my scientific knowledge and given me more experience with scientific practices.

What have you found most challenging about the CDT course?

Though I do enjoy a challenge I was suddenly exposed to a lot of new ideas very quickly and it is easy to forget to have a good work-life balance.

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

Endless academic and personal-development opportunities.


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