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 Master's course. Meet a selection of those students.


MRes Biomedical Research - Sofia Pedersen

Sofia Pedersen

What did you most enjoy about your course?

I most enjoyed the opportunity to participate in world-class research in a supportive environment, allowing me to improve my scientific knowledge and skillset.

What did you most appreciate about the Faculty/College?

I most appreciated Imperial College's diverse international community. It fosters a creative, innovative and open-minded environment, all key for good science. It's also a fantastic opportunity to make friends from all different backgrounds.

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

I am really pleased and humbled to have received the Dean's Prize. I believe being passionate about your subject of study is important to achieve such milestones, by making the hard work more enjoyable!

What are you doing now/What do you plan on doing after graduation?

I'm currently doing the IMED graduate scheme with AstraZeneca, pursuing research in an industrial environment. I hope to complete a PhD in the biomedical field afterwards.


Reproductive and Developmental Biology - Georgie Pool

Georgie Pool

What did you most enjoy about your course? 

The course provided me with a broad understanding of reproductive biology and insight into the workings of a research facility. I was mostly interested in the molecular biology surrounding gametogenesis and the pathogenesis of reproductive and developmental disorders. The research project was the most beneficial aspect of the course for me, as I had limited research experience prior to the Masters. I was fortunate to work within a fantastic lab, who were highly supportive and equipped me with a range of molecular biology techniques.

What did you most appreciate about the Faculty/College? 

The staff at Imperial College London are of the highest calibre in their field of study, which is reflected in the excellent standard of teaching and supervision. In addition, the connections that the Faculty of Medicine has with other teaching facilities was evident through the variety of external specialist lecturers keeping the teaching element engaging and diverse. The well-equipped lab my colleagues to conduct in-depth research using cutting-edge technology.

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

I was very pleased to receive the Dean's Prize and appreciate the College for the recognition.

What are you doing now/What do you plan on doing after graduation?

Since finishing the course, I secured a role as a Reproductive Technologist at City Fertility in London, performing andrology within the IVF lab, where I plan to train to become an embryologist.

 


Human Molecular Genetics - Marlen Lauffer

Marlen Lauffer

What did you most enjoy about your course?

A broad set of skills we were taught, i.e. knowledge on fundamentals in genetics and genetic disorders, laboratory skills, bioinformatics and how to present and communicate one’s research are definitely one of the reasons that made this course so enjoyable. Moreover, studying with peers that are as dedicated and passionate about genetics as myself was a wonderful experience.

What did you most appreciate about the Faculty/College?

The dedication of our lecturers, teaching fellows, teaching assistants and administrators to guide us through the course was exceptional. I very much appreciated that every one of them was willing and made time for us to answer questions and discuss our research projects, essays and other coursework.

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

It was an incredible feeling to receive the Dean’s Prize and I had to reread the initial email several times before realizing what had happened. I felt and still feel honoured to be awarded this Prize and it feels great to know that the hard work throughout the year was appreciated in such away.

What are you doing now/What do you plan on doing after graduation?

I am now pursuing a PhD at the Erasmus MC in Rotterdam (The Netherlands), working in the Department of Psychiatry. There, I started a research project on the pathophysiology of neurodevelopmental disorders and effects of genetic treatment strategies thereof.


MRes Clinical Research (Translational Medicine) - Edouard Mills

Edouard Mills
What did you most enjoy about your course?
The focus of this course was an individual one-year long research project, which permitted real ownership (whilst being adequately supervised). However, to be equipped with the necessary background theoretical knowledge, we undertook four one-week teaching modules covering medical statistics, research methodologies, clinical governance and special research circumstances. All in all, the balance between research and teaching time was excellent. 

What did you most appreciate about the Faculty/College?

All members of the faculty and college were friendly and approachable, including the lecturers and teaching fellows. The lectures and tutorials were delivered in an informal and interactive environment and encouraged audience participation. Special thanks to Fiona Bibby, our course administrator, who was pivotal in the day-to-day running of the course.

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

I was honoured to have received the Dean’s Prize. However, the prize was also a credit to the strong mentorship and instrumental guidance which I received from my supervisors: Dr Sophie Clarke, Dr Alexander Comninos and Professor Waljit Dhillo.

What are you doing now/What do you plan on doing after graduation?

Having thoroughly enjoyed the programme and the thirst for clinical research which the course has given me, I am now undertaking a PhD in Reproductive Endocrinology with Professor Dhillo. I am in no doubt that a doctorate from an institution with a world-class reputation for academic excellence will be invaluable for my career in clinical endocrinology. 


MRes Clinical Research (Human Nutrition) - James Frampton

James Frampton

What did you most enjoy about your course?

The research project. Over the course of the year I became an integral member of the research team and was given a lot of responsibility. This responsibility was something I relished and a key reason for my development as a scientist.

What did you most appreciate about the Faculty/College?

Being able to learn from world-renowned scientists on a daily basis. I was lucky enough to be supervised by Dr. Anjali Amin and Professor Kevin Murphy - two people I learnt an incredible amount from throughout the course.

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

It was a great honour to receive this prize. Imperial college is a world-leading university, and to be recognised by such an institution is something I am extremely proud of.

What are you doing now/What do you plan on doing after graduation?

I am currently doing a PhD at Imperial College under the supervision of Dr. Ed Chambers, Professor Kevin Murphy and Professor Gary Frost investigating nutrient sensing in muscle metabolism and exercise.