Changing how the world works - Redefining Global Impact


Greetings, everyone! I’m Shalini, and I’m excited to share my story with you. Hailing from a small town in India, the opportunity to pursue my MSc in Microbiology and Infection amidst the diverse academic community of Birmingham has been nothing short of a dream come true for me.


As I immerse myself in the dynamic field of microbiology, I can’t help but feel a profound sense of responsibility and excitement for the potential impact my studies could have on reshaping how the world works.

Typically, you’d see Microbiology as studying microscopic organisms, but it’s so much more than that, it’s about understanding the intricate mechanisms that govern life at its most fundamental levels. Infection, on the other hand, presents us with the formidable challenge of combating diseases that threaten human health and well-being on a global scale. In my coursework and research endeavours, I have delved into topics ranging from microbial pathogenesis to antimicrobial resistance, gaining insights into the complex mechanisms underlying infectious diseases. Through my studies, I aim to harness the power of microbiology and infection research to address pressing global health challenges and contribute to the betterment of society.

Growing up in a community with limited access to healthcare services, I’ve witnessed firsthand the devastating impact of infectious diseases. This personal experience ignited a fire within me to pursue a career dedicated to combating these diseases and improving public health outcomes. My decision to pursue advanced studies in microbiology and infection stems from a deep-seated conviction that scientific research holds the key to overcoming these challenges and creating a healthier, a better world.

The decision to pursue my postgraduate studies at the University of Birmingham was actually driven by its reputation for excellence in research and its vibrant academic community.  As an international student, navigating the challenges of studying abroad has been both exhilarating and humbling. Immersing myself in a culturally diverse environment has broadened my perspectives and enriched my academic experience in ways I could have never imagined. It has pushed me out of my comfort zone, in a very positive manner. It has also reinforced my belief in the power of collaboration and collective action in addressing global issues.

Looking ahead, my ambitions extend beyond the confines of my academic studies. I aspire to be a catalyst for change, driving innovation and progress in the field of microbiology and beyond. Whether it’s developing novel treatments, implementing preventive measures, or advocating for health equity, I am committed to making a positive impact on society.

My journey as a postgraduate student at the University of Birmingham is not just about acquiring knowledge; it’s about leveraging that knowledge to effect positive change on a global scale. With determination, passion, and a global perspective, I believe we can create a brighter, healthier future for generations to come.

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