In My aspiration of becoming a researcher inflamed

In my country, Bangladesh, there is a
stereotypical conception that if a student doesn’t accomplish his undergraduate
degree from a renowned government university, he is incompetent. But I always
begged to differ and rather believed that if a person is genuinely meritorious
and diligent, he will flourish in every aspect of life and this perception is
what transmuted my life. I have completed my Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honors) from
one of the best private universities of Bangladesh, ‘University of Asia
Pacific’ with the highest CGPA (3.99 out of 4.00). Now, I yearn to build up my
career as a pharmaceutical scientist and pursuing a Ph.D. degree will be the
staircase to my dream.

My aspiration of becoming a researcher inflamed
when I have chosen pharmaceutical sciences as my course of study. Back then I
used to believe that paracetamol is just a medicine that alleviates fever but
never thought it through that it takes a pharmacist so much more- from the
mechanism of COX inhibitors to packaging science- to manufacture a single piece
of tablet. Every course, whether it is pharmaceutics or pharmacology, is
interlinked with each other which ultimately heeded me toward exploring and
learning more. I always crave to explore the wide array of pharmaceutical
disciplines to discover, design and develop new drugs and therapies. Although I
scrutinized all the generalized and existing knowledge of pharmaceutical
disciplines during my undergraduate days, I still felt like I had limited
opportunities that ultimately hindered me from focusing on my interests and
learning more profoundly. Among 74 courses in my undergraduate curriculum,
pharmacology was the first subject that made me realize the worth of studying
pharmacy and what it means to be a pharmaceutical scientist. I sought to study
further to gain comprehensible insight into pharmacology. Recognition of
potential drug targets and novel treatments for diseases that still lack
effectual treatments will be my objective as a researcher. The inspiration and
desire both come from the fact that pharmaceutical jobs in Bangladesh are
generic-industry oriented, which basically means that we neither have any scope
for research that embraces the diverse focuses of pharmacology and molecular
biology nor do we have any pharmaceutical scientist who can guide our
pharmaceutical sector in this research field. After completing my Ph.D. degree,
I will step forward and create a research team where together the students and
the trainees will work toward the superiority healthcare of my country.

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On the other hand, I am also eager to know more
about disease-specific studies and Genomics. 
Even though ‘Genomics’ was never a part of my undergraduate syllabus, my
passion for learning more pushed me toward buying an extraordinary book named
“Principles of Genetics” by D. Peter Snustad and Michael J. Simmons. After
reading the book, molecular genetics’ contributions in reference to the long
lists of genetical diseases and their treatments are what fascinated me the
most. To gather advanced understandings in my preferred research area, I took
my Master’s thesis on the investigation of the role of SMAD1 polymorphisms as a
genetic modifier of risk for individuals with Colorectal Cancer as susceptible
genotypes in the Bangladeshi population. For my research, I used different
molecular techniques like DNA Extraction and Quantification, Polymerase Chain
Reaction, and Electrophoresis. Now, I am writing my manuscript for publication
in a journal about a high impact factor like ‘Tumor Biology’. Although the
purpose of pursuing a Master’s degree was to gain depth knowledge and research
experience in the field of pharmaceutics and pharmacogenomics, short duration,
and fewer curriculum was insufficient to explore the other focuses of
pharmacology which ultimately heeded me toward chasing a Ph.D. degree.

Being admitted to the Ph.D. program will not only
help me be trained in high-end research skills but will also prepare me to
conquer difficult tasks that will come to be of great assistance in my research
career. I am confident that South Dakota State University will guide me towards
my vision and mission in the same way it leads their thousands of former
students to accomplish their dreams.