I previously studied Biomedicine at the University of East Anglia (2013-2016).
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 most enjoyed the opportunity to get involved in so many aspects of science – Interaction with the greater picture through our many public engagement opportunities, the chance to interact with companies through seminars, events and competitions, and the opportunity to peer into the many avenues of tissue engineering research performed at Leeds with the social nature of the institute of biological and medical engineering.
What benefits do you feel you get from the interdisciplinary nature of the course?
The approaches to problem solving in biology, engineering and the many other aspects of the course such as chemistry and tribology have similarities yet still provide different avenues to approach these problems. Gaining an interdisciplinary understanding in these areas have enabled me to open my mind to these approaches whilst also creating specialist contacts in numerous fields and encouraging my thirst for knowledge.
What have you found most challenging about the CDT course?
For me personally, the biggest challenge has been learning to approach problems from both an engineering and biological perspective rather than from purely what I knew from before. This has forced me out of my comfort zone, however learning to integrate a new field with existing knowledge has increased both my understanding of what I already knew, but has also boosted my confidence in myself as well as consolidating new information.
Could you give one phrase that would persuade others to join the CDT?
It’s a rare opportunity to be involved in both the business aspect whilst maintaining a focus on research output in a novel and rapidly growing field.