Hi, my name is Akib and I am from Dhaka, Bangladesh. I am studying Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at University of Dhaka. I am in final year of my undergraduate studies. I had been involved in a computational biochemistry research project at Green Research Center, a private research institution in Dhaka, Bangladesh, prior to coming here. There I have performed In-silico modifications on anti-tuberculosis drug Ethionamide to enhance its activity. Currently as a VISRA participant I am working in Dr. Vivian Gama’s lab. The research focus of our lab is to study the apoptotic machinery as regulator of stem cell fate. In my project during the summer I will be looking at the expression level and subcellular localization of apoptotic proteins in human embryonic stem cell and neural progenitor cell. Findings of my project will help us to better understand the mechanism behind the change in sensitivity to apoptosis of human stem cell during differentiation.
Vanderbilt is highly reputed for its biomedical research and regarded as one of the best in the world. VISRA is a unique opportunity for international students to get hands-on research experience at a world class research institution. Interacting with leading faculties and attending seminars and journal clubs give great insight into how research is conducted at cutting edge level. Learning new lab techniques, attending mentoring sessions and interacting with graduate students help greatly to prepare for graduate studies. Moreover, there are preparatory classes for GRE as well as an opportunity to take the exam.
VISRA is also an excellent opportunity to experience the American culture. Nashville is a beautiful city and there are so many things to do here. It is known as Music city and there is always something happening! VISRA takes you to a lot of fun activities which really makes your stay a memorable one. I hope VISRA continues to provide this excellent opportunity to international students and I wish all the best to future participants.