Elinam, Doctoral Student, Universite de Geneve

  • Elinam

    Physiological Sciences (BSc)

    Doctoral Student

Since leaving Bristol…

After graduating from Bristol I did an internship in a pharmacology lab at the University of Geneva for nine months. I then went on to do my Masters (also in Geneva) from 2010 to 2012. Following the Masters I struggled to find a PhD so photography became my main source of income until 2014 when I started my doctoral program.
I did not have a clear career plan in mind when I left, all I knew was that I loved research so I made sure that, when possible, my decisions allowed me to so. I also thought that it would be much easier to get a job, but it turns out that your CV is not the only important thing, these days it's all about networking.

In my current job…

My role involves setting up experiments, breeding mice to obtain specific genetic mutations, teaching organic chemistry lab practicals and correcting the resulting lab reports, and taking classes as part of the doctoral program. I need to put in a lot of hours in order to get all my work done and even then there is still a lot to do. 
I enjoy what I do because I get to interact with students and see them progress and grow in their understanding of pharmacology. I am part of lab that is made up of people from all around the world, that speak different languages so this makes for interesting non-scientific conversation.

Having a UoB degree…

The practical work undertaken at Bristol definitely pushed one step ahead and was the reason I was able to do an internship and consequently my PhD now.


Network; talk to people around you, they probably know someone who knows someone who will be able to help you. Don't be afraid to contact and send your CV out to various labs or companies, you never know who is looking for exactly what you have. You may have to go through internship as I did, just remember that the more experience you have the better.