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Megan Sharrock

I hold a BSc in Biomedical Science with First Class Honors and a MSc with Distinction in Industrial Biotechnology from Liverpool John Moores University. I also worked within Upstream Development at Allergan Biologics Limited as an industrial placement student.

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

Through previously studied modules within my BSc and MSc I gained an increased interest in Regenerative Medicine and Tissue Engineering, predominantly the use of stem cells and biomaterials such as hydrogels. This interest attracted me to the CDT in Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine alongside the interdisciplinary nature of the programme allowing me to widen my skills beyond biology.

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

The CDT has allowed me to continue to learn and develop skills in new areas aside from biology including engineering and business innovation through the wide selection of taught modules and laboratory placements whilst being a part of active research. With the cohort set-up the CDT differs to the traditional PhD by providing you with a supportive team with mixed research backgrounds allowing you to learn from one another.

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

I have enjoyed the freedom of choice available on the CDT to learn new material that I am interested in alongside the many opportunities to meet new people through networking and public engagement events.

What have you found most challenging about the CDT course?

New city, new university, new people and new information can be intimidating initially however increased opportunities come from outside of your comfort zone. From the CDT specifically as a biologist the engineering content can be challenging but with the support of both the PhD cohort and academic supervisors challenges are quickly addressed turning an initial weakness into a new strength.

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

‘Feel the fear and do it anyway!’

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