Reason for joining
I have watched some of my family members suffered from chronic diseases for years. The strict lifestyle and endless treatment deprived them of all their happiness and they were not like a real human but walking dead. Since then, I decided to devote myself into human biology field and I hope one day I could contribute to a research which could help some patients get their life back.
When I studied for my Bachelor in Biotechnology in Guangdong, China, I learned some basic knowledge about physiology and pathophysiology of erythrocytes, especially about Thalassemia since it is one of the high incident genetic diseases in Guangdong. Tragic stories of those patients and their families touched me. I hoped to knew this disease more so I might be able to contribute to find a new and inexpensive treatment to help them. Unfortunately, there was little program focus on Thalassemia in biology field in China.
Although being educated in Human Biology fields in Denmark, I still felt I need further training in independent scientific research, critical thinking, and advanced biotechnology techniques to become a qualified scientist in human biology field and to achieve my dream. Besides, I do like the academic environment in Europe.
I started to search the PhD position in my favorite European countries like Germany, Denmark, Finland and etc. By a chance, I saw EVDIENCE program and it is about erythrocyte. It reminded me of the time when I learnt Thalassemia and how badly I want to help those patients. I felt this is the chance I was dreaming about and I shouldn't let it go. The project provided by Professor Lars Kaestner titled "In vitro and In vivo investigation of red blood cells in physiologic and pathophysiologic animal models and comparison with human pathophysiology looked so attractive. Microscope techniques was one of the cool advanced methods which I only get to know in text book. The application of animal models was also the skill I would like to improve. Thus, I applied this position. Luckily, Professor Lars took me as his PhD student for this project.
Now, I am working on two projects. One is the effects of Yoda1 on intracellular calcium concentration by imaging with confocal microscope. Another one is the application of two-photon microscope on intracellular calcium concentration quantitative. I also got a chance to participate in lectures about laser to get a better idea of my experiment and data analysis.
I hope I can achieve my goal during my PhD training, to develop independent scientific thinking and critical thinking. Also I can manage the microscope technologies and get to learn more advanced biotechnology skills. After this adventure, I can be a qualified scientist and I could be able to use my research to help the patients and bring them a happy life without pain and suffering.