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MS Biology, Gene Manipulation

As a boy, my friends would watch their favorite heroes on TV while I would spend my time reading my Popular Science books. I got my first taste of biology, chemistry, and the physical sciences in those pages. The long summer days would trip by, and my interest in science grew more with every page I turned.

Many students wonder how far their education will take them; I, for one, have taken my education to India, the United Kingdom, and now the United States. Beginning in India, I earned my bachelor s degree in pharmacology from one of India s most prominent and oldest universities. Osmania s admissions are based solely on merit, and it has earned a five-star rating from the Government of India.   I  could not have done much better and graduated with distinction.   I have given an excellent introduction to human biology, pharmacology, biotechnology, molecular biology, and microbiology. My introduction to theoretical and practical knowledge of drug actions on receptors and laboratory techniques was rigorous and challenging, but honestly, I wanted more. Over those four years, I gained an excellent laboratory experience in quantitative and qualitative analysis, preparation of different formulations, chromatography, and spectroscopy techniques.

In England, my appetite for organic chemistry, pharmacology, and its overlaps with biology led me to pursue a master s in pharmacology. I worked hard, studying various Molecular Biology techniques such as Gene Manipulation, Hybridization, Electrophoresis, Blotting, and PCR techniques, and was actively involved in in-vitro pharmacokinetic studies and drug targets identification by using molecular biology techniques. Not to negate this hard work, I could be more proud of what I accomplished in my research on optimizing silver staining protocols for DNA and developing new protocols for DNA silver staining. Compared to conventional Ethidium bromide staining of DNA, these new silver staining protocols are non-carcinogenic do not require expensive UV light transilluminators to view bands on electrophoretic gels, and would be useful as a label-free detection in DNA microarray technology.  My mark on the field had begun.

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