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Statement of Purpose
Doctorial study is a significant milestone in the perpetual journey to education and the best exposure to this would be an eligible platform to prove the skills and knowledge that I have learnt. With due reverence to the department and the university, I pen down a "statement of purpose". This statement is an attempt to project my credentials as an aspiring researcher, my achievements as a biotechnology/biology graduate, my interest in this doctoral program and my ambitions.
My schooling and college education played a pivotal role in shaping my future. I had excellent facilities and faculty, which laid emphasis on fundamentals. This fired my interest in academics and research. I was good in my academics by being in top 5% of the school by scoring 80% in my 10th grade and 86% in my 12th grade and have also maintained in the top 5% at my undergraduate.
I am currently pursuing third semester of my Masters in biology at Western Illinois University under Dr. Richard Musser’s Lab. I have done my undergraduate from Sreenidhi Institute of Science and Technology (SNIST) affiliated to Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad, an institution aided with World Bank assistance under TEQIP scheme. Having good teaching and laboratory facilities, my undergraduate college has laid primary emphasis to fundamentals both theoretical and practical on a wide range of subjects, which gave me a thorough understanding of essential features of the subjects and substantial motivations for research.
To lay down my foundation in various fields of biotechnology, I have tried to learn more by participating in various national level technical symposiums on the topics which includes “Coffee as Biofuel: good till the last drop”, “Preventing the growth of brain tumor by creating a zone of resistance”, “Plastics to Bio-plastics”, “Viral oncogenesis”, “Metastasis”.
I have worked on a two month project in the college related to Plant tissue i.e. “Callus induction, shoot regeneration and root initiation in Andrographis Paniculata and Cassia Angustifolia” (Medicinal plants), the work is in progress for identifying secondary metabolites in them, I had a good experience in learning the concepts of plant tissue culture and the patience required for doing a research. I have undergone a 10 day training program in Andhra Pradesh Foods (A government of Andhra Pradesh enterprise) An ISO 9001:2000 Certified Company where in qualitative and quantitative analysis of food samples are done. I stood 57th in “A National Level Biotechnology Talent Search Examination” organized by Biotech Helpline Foundation a division of PHARMA HELPLINE SOCIETY, JAIPUR, INDIA”.
As a part of my undergraduate final semester thesis, I worked on Standardization of arginase enzyme and the role in various COPD’s. Under this study I worked on standardizing arginase enzyme and comparing the amount of arginase present in normal to that of diseased patients. I observed the concentration of arginase in normal individual is negligible to that of an asthma patient. So there may be some kind of an effect by Arginase on pulmonary respiratory diseases .After this study I could realize that arginase does worsen the pathogenic conditions. The work is still under progress. I am expecting publication probably in 2-3 months.
As a part of my interest I have always been involved in various lab and research activity, one of which incldes working on docking studies on a potassium channel protein which is observed to be linked to many autoimmune disorders,. I am looking forward to publish my work.
My Masters’ research focuses on gene expression levels of caterpillar and their defense mechanism when fed on soybean plants. The work is in progress to study various defense gene expressions by running micro array analysis and qRT pcr analysis. I have been a Research Assistant for a year and presently working as a teacher assistant and teach microbiology laboratory for undergraduate students.
In the summer 2011, I worked as a Process optimization Intern at Monsanto Company which gave me an exposure about working in an industry. My work was mainly focused on answering two issues with the regulators about a product. This helped me to understand research challenges and problems and how to overcome them, which is a very important quality required by every aspiring PhD candidature.
Apart from technical skills, I have always been an active student and organizer and I have been a member in conducting various National level technical symposiums in the institution. I am one of the chief Executive members of NIDHI-QUIZ CLUB (SNIST), a student organized club, which initiates programs related to aptitude and other competitive examinations. As an active member of Technical Association of Biotechnology (TAB, SNIST), we organize guest lectures by eminent scientists.
All throughout my undergraduate and graduate career, I have equipped myself with participation in various technical symposiums attended seminars and have done projects across a spectrum of fields. I believe that an interdisciplinary learning that I have strived to acquire, has taught me to look for answers and overcome challenges. Having knowledge in various fields certainly makes that job easier, as we know which field can cater to what part of the solution. This approach has really helped me in working in collaborative research initiatives and I wish to be a part of similar initiatives in future. I have always shown keen interest in Molecular biology and Immunology especially cancer studies as my research interests, hoping to work under such works in the near future.
I have been looking for various schools, but my search stopped when I spoke to Dr Narendra Kumar, from ILR College of Pharmacy. I was interested to work in the similar lines of cancer research, and could understand that he is the right person to guide me for my doctoral studies. I am looking forward to be working under him if I get an admission.
Being a hardworking and committed student, I am certain that I will be able to cope with the rigors of an International curriculum with ease. My determination to succeed and do well will enable me to be among the better students of your college. I would therefore be grateful if I am given the opportunity to be a part of this internship program. I am confident that this exposure will help me to gain a lot of knowledge not only subjective but also help me in thinking analytically in identifying a problem and trying to come out with different approaches to solve it.
Hoping for a positive response.
With a word of thanks,
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