Meet our Genomic Medicine students

We asked our graduating students some questions about their time studying the masters in Genomic Medicine with NHLI. 

Dr Sunayna Best

Dr Sunayna Best - Genomic Medicine

Why did you choose the MSc in Genomics?

Dr Sunayna Best talks about the masters in Genomic medicine

Why did you choose the MSc in Genomics?

Dr Sunayna Best talks about why she chose the masters in Genomic Medicine with NHLI

Dr Sunayna Best talks about the masters in Genomic medicine

What did you enjoy about the MSc in Genomics?

Dr Sunayna Best talks about what aspects of the masters in Genomic Medicine she enjoyed

Dr Sunayna Best talks about the masters in Genomic medicine

Would you recommend the MSc in Genomics?

Dr Sunayna Best talks about why she would recommend the masters in Genomic Medicine with NHLI

Dr Sunayna Best talks about the masters in Genomic medicine

What will you do after the MSc in Genomics?

Dr Sunayna Best talks about what she will be doing next after the masters in Genomic Medicine


Dr Affy Sepahzad 

Dr Affy Sepahzad - Genomic Medicine

Why did you choose the MSc in Genomics?

Dr Affy Sepahzad talks about the masters in Genomic medicine

Why did you choose the MSc in Genomics?

Dr Affy Sepahzad talks about why she chose the masters in Genomic Medicine with NHLI

Dr Affy Sepahzad talks about the masters in Genomic medicine

What did you enjoy about the MSc in Genomics?

Dr Affy Sepahzad Best talks about what aspects of the masters in Genomic Medicine she enjoyed

Dr Affy Sepahzad talks about the masters in Genomic medicine

Would you recommend the MSc in Genomics?

Dr Affy Sepahzad talks about why she would recommend the masters in Genomic Medicine with NHLI

Dr Affy Sepahzad talks about the masters in Genomic medicine

What will you do after the MSc in Genomics?

Dr Affy Sepahzad talks about what she will be doing next after the masters in Genomic Medicine


Ms Natalie Bolton

Biomedical Scientist, King’s College NHS Foundation Trust

Natalie Bolton student smiling

What attracted you to the MSc in Genomic Medicine programme?

Having always been interested in genetics the content of the degree really stood out to me, in particular its links with the 100,000 Genome Project and the opportunity to learn about cutting-edge science that is forming future of medicine. The structure of the course – the ability to undertake it part time whilst continuing my full time job within the NHS – was also particularly appealing.

What is most exciting about the course – and being one of the first students to study Genomic Medicine at Imperial?

It’s exciting to be a part of a field that is progressing so rapidly. To be one of the first students builds upon the feeling that what we are learning, and how we apply these knowledge and skills, is truly pioneering science.

What are your ambitions for your time at Imperial?

I would like to learn as much as possible and be able to transfer my new knowledge and skills into the workplace.

How do you think the course will impact your future career?

Obtaining an MSc will open a lot of doors in terms of career progression for me. Genomic Medicine is such a vast subject area, and applicable to so much, that I believe it will enable me to have more options for future career fields. 

Find out more or apply for Genomic Medicine postgraduate courses


Meet our Genes Drugs and Stem Cells students

We asked our students to tell us about their experience on the masters in Genes Drugs and Stem Cells - Novel Therapies with NHLI.

Genes drugs stem cells student profiles

Yaqi (Betty) Hu

Yaqi 'Betty" Hu is an international student on the MSc in Genes, Drugs and Stem Cells with NHLI.  Betty gives her opinion on how she has found the course, and her time at NHLI.

International students talks about NHLI masters

Yaqi (Betty) Hu

Betty gives her view on the MSc course as an international student.

Yaqi 'Betty" Hu is an international student on the MSc in Genes, Drugs and Stem Cells with NHLI.  Betty gives her opinion on how she has found the course, and her time at NHLI.

Student opinion on MSc course

Qasim Majid

Qasim gives his views on the course so far.

Qasim Majid is a student on the MSc in Genes, Drugs and Stem Cells with NHLI.  Qasim gives his opinion on how he has found the course so far.

A mature student on the MSc in Genes, Drugs and Stem Cells

Rebecca Callingham

Rebecca Callingham is a mature student on the MSc in Genes, Drugs and Stem Cells with NHLI.

Rebecca Callingham is a mature student on the MSc in Genes, Drugs and Stem Cells with NHLI.  Rebecca gives her opinion on how she has found the course, and her time at NHLI.


Mozghon Jeddi

Jeddi student"The MSc in Genes, Drugs and Stem cells was an exceptionally unique and intellectually stimulating course. The course equips you with cutting-edge knowledge of the recent advances in novel therapeutic strategies and will advance your critical analysis abilities. One of the best parts about studying this MSc at Imperial College London is the unique combination of world-class academics and the high calibre of research that ultimately enriches this course".

IfiGeneia Bardi

Ifigeneia Bardi student"I feel very lucky that I participated in this MSc programme. It exceeded my expectations and provided me with all the necessary knowledge I needed. Not only did it equip me with up to date scientific knowledge, but also taught me how to think, write, and deliver my knowledge, through a number of practices. A big advantage of this programme is that it allows you to choose your 6 month project from a wide variety of them and get laboratory experience from excellent scientists. The people were always friendly and supportive, creating an environment I was very happy to work in. If I went back in time, I would definitely choose this programme again!".

Find out more or apply for Genes, Drugs and Stem Cells - Novel Therapies postgraduate courses


Meet our Faculty of Medicine Dean's Prize winners

The Faculty of Medicine Dean's Prizes are awarded every year to the students who achieve the highest overall distinction grade on their Masters course.


Zahra Sheikh - MSc Medical Ultrasound

Zahra Sheikh

What did you most enjoy about your course?
Having the opportunity to learn from some of the UK's pre-eminent experts on Echocardiography. Being able to socialise with a like-minded cohort of students from across the globe. Finally, that my placement was arranged to be at renowned institutes across London where I was able to put my theory into practice under the guidance of skilled and experienced technicians.

What did you most appreciate about the Faculty/College?
The open-door policy of the lecturers and their willingness to ensure that we students understood their teachings. The resources including the excellent library were something I very much appreciated.

How did it feel to receive the Dean's Prize?
Top notch!

What are you doing now/What do you plan on doing after graduation?
I'm very happy to say that I was offered a position at the hospital I had my training at which I've gladly accepted, and now am enjoying helping the new MSc students with their placements.


Jonathan Bennett - MSc Preventive Cardiology

Jonathan Bennett

What did you most enjoy about your course?
Practical, evidenced-based, freedom within dissertation.

What did you most appreciate about the Faculty/College?
Excellent facilities, staff and access.

How did it feel to receive the Dean's Prize?
I was surprised and happy to learn that I won the Dean's prize.

What are you doing now/What do you plan on doing after graduation?
Working as a cardiology trust grade at Hammersmith Hospital.


Qasim Anjum Majid - MSc Genes Drugs and Stem Cells: Novel Therapies

Qasim smiling
What did you most enjoy about your course?
I particularly enjoyed the emphasis placed upon translational research. To this end, I appreciated how the course had a large research component whilst also containing blocks of stimulating lectures often delivered by world leaders.

What did you most appreciate about the Faculty/College?
The support offered to me throughout the programme by members of the Faculty of Medicine has been invaluable. I would like to extend my thanks to both my course director, Prof. Uta Griesenbach and my project supervisor, Prof. Simone Di Giovanni who made the experience enjoyable and rewarding.

How did it feel to receive the Dean's Prize?
I was made aware of the Dean's Prize whilst writing my dissertation, however, I never thought I would go onto win it and therefore I was pleasantly surprised. I am very grateful all my hard work (especially all those late nights) paid off.

What are you doing now/What do you plan on doing after graduation?
I have remained at Imperial College where I am now undertaking a funded PhD focusing on Stem Cell-based regeneration.