Aygul Dagbasi 

Human Nutrition 

Cohort Year

What attracted you to the MRes in Clinical Research?  
The MRes in Clinical Research was a unique programme that really suited my future career goals. I really wanted to do a PhD following this programme and I believed this MRes would equip me for this goal. Indeed, having this MRes opened a lot of doors for me. In addition to this, I really wanted to be part of Imperial College since I was very interested in their research. 

What specific area did you focus on for your project?  
I had a very interesting research project on investigating the effect of palm oil on lipid profile and fat deposition in humans. This was a randomised controlled human trial that I ran with my supervisor. I really enjoyed this project. 

Most beneficial things about the programme  
Without a doubt, the most beneficial thing was having hands on experience in research. I really enjoyed running the human study and learned so much from it. In addition to this, learning about Good Clinical Practice standards was very helpful. 

Next Steps/what have you done since completing the MRes. 
I started doing a PhD with my MRes supervisor. 

What advice would you give those considering the MRes in Clinical Research? 
If you have a passion for research and want to pursue a career in this, then this is the programme for you. It is hard work but totally worth it. 

How do you think the course will impact your future career?  
The MRes course made me realize how much I loved research which is why I continued to a PhD programme and now I am considering continuing my career in research as a post-doc researcher. 

What did you enjoy most about studying at Imperial and in the Faculty of Medicine? 
The faculty of Medicine is a very friendly environment with a lot of knowledgeable people. I made very good friends through the university and learned so much from them.