Role: BSc Biological Sciences student at Imperial College London
Subject area: Biology
I'm an enthusiastic undergraduate student studying Biological Sciences at Imperial! I enjoy working as part of a multicultural team in both academics and sports. I've frequently represented the Imperial hockey team, and I am an active member of Imperial Biology Society's 'Mums and Dads' scheme mentoring first year undergraduate students – a thoroughly enjoyable experience helping younger students feel at home at Imperial.
GCSE (or equivalent): Irish Junior Certificate – Mathematics, Science, Geography, English, Spanish and Music
A-level (or equivalent): Irish Leaving Certificate – Biology, Physics, Chemistry and Geography.
• BSc in Biological Sciences (in progress)
Detail about Madina
My main interest is in immunology and cancer. I recently completed a placement at the Institute of Cancer Research in which I led a project focused on optimising nutrition to enhance the anti-cancer effect of aspirin.
Through watching nature documentaries produced by Sir David Attenborough from a young age I developed a deep interest in the natural world – an interest which remains today, and which led me to pursue a degree in Biological Sciences.
Who is your STEM hero?
Sir David Attenborough - broadcaster, presenter, naturalist and author. His efforts to inform and engage us about the natural world have successfully increased the public’s engagement with science.
Most significant discovery/invention?
Penicillin by Sir Alexander Fleming. Antibiotics have significantly improved the lives of people worldwide since their discovery.
Career options after study
- PhD in immunological or cancer related research
- Consultant at a life science company
- Wildlife conservation and ecology
- Medical research and drug development
- Science communicator and teaching
Outside of my studies I enjoy regularly playing the piano and performing for family and friends at social gatherings.