Elmira Mohit - Microbiology PhD student - University of Strathclyde/GSK

Issued: Wed, 30 Sep 2020 00:00:00 BST

Tell us a fun fact about yourself

I play an ancient Persian instrument called ‘Santur’.

Tell us about your career journey so far

Originally from Germany, I started my careers journey in Edinburgh at Napier University studying a BSc in Biomedical Science. Having no idea what I wanted to do when I finished school I believed it was a good start, as I was really interested in Biology. Over my four years at Edinburgh Napier I discovered the wide range of careers I could go into, and work shadowing at various companies helped me find my way to Glasgow to study an MSc in Industrial Biotechnology at the University of Strathclyde. This MSc allowed me to network and speak to members of the Biotechnology industry all over Scotland. Every single connection I made was valuable, as it helped me find my way to where I did not expect to be, and I happily am now – a PhD student in Microbiology.

What was your favourite subject in school and why?

My favourite subject in school was art because I loved the creativity and freedom of thought associated with it. It was almost therapeutic for me in between the more academic subjects.

What subjects/qualifications are useful for your role?

Subjects that are useful for my role are biology, chemistry and math, however I also find myself needing to be creative as a PhD student!

What is a normal day in your role like?

A normal day in my role starts at my desk, where I plan my day in the lab. Once I have done that I go into the lab and begin by checking on running experiments which allows me to plan news ones. Consulting with my colleagues and discussing my experiments is definitely also a part of my day and helps me grow as a scientist.

What is your favourite thing about your job?

My favourite thing about my job is my topic of research and the working environment i.e. my colleagues, as they make even the harder days joyful!

Can you suggest an activity that could be done at home that illustrates an aspect of your work? 

An activity that could be done at home is to identify surfaces that have been touched the most and write them down. This activity could be done by classmates and family members allowing for comparison – most likely leading to similar results! Get them to think outside the box (which is their home in this case) and identify which public areas outside have been touched by many people and then educate them on how to clean the areas and protect yourself from spreading any harmful microbes (emphasis on harmful as many are not J).



Many activities similar to this one can be found on the publicly available website above – a lot of which can be applied to home education about microbes and antimicrobial resistance. 


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