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Alex Zwetsloot

What did you do before joining the IBR course at Warwick?

I studied an undergraduate degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine at the University of Nottingham.

Why did you choose to study IBR at Warwick?

Warwick had a good range of researchers studying topics that I was interested in, and I knew that I wanted further training before embarking on a PhD.

How did you find the course? What have been your favourite parts? Any challenges?

The course was great. I got to study some really useful and relevant topics, and even though it was challenging, we were well supported by our colleagues and by the teaching staff.

What do you feel you have gained from the course?

I've developed a good understanding of how other disciplines tackle research questions, and have learnt about the techniques and technologies that are available in the physics, computing and chemistry world, and how I might use these for biological experiments.

How do you find the cohort activities?

It’s always great fun to meet with the rest of the cohort, as well as to get away from the university to meet other postgrads or do some outdoor activities on the summer conference. These events are a really important way in which being part of the course makes you feel part of a community.

Do you have future career plans yet?

I’m unsure of what I want to do in the future - the visiting speakers have given me a lot to think about.

What advice would you give to someone considering applying for IBR?

Signing on to the MSc in IBR isn’t the same as many university courses. Once you’re here, it’s your full-time job, so you have to be dedicated to it.