University of Dundee

Dun Jack Fu

After finishing the International Baccalaureate Diploma programme in Copenhagen, I continued my studies in the UK. There, I graduated from the University of Sussex with a BSc (Hons) in Molecular Medicine. My honours project was my first real exposure to research. To approach my interest in science in this manner appealed to me greatly, and I thus decided to pursue research as a career. However, I was interested in various different areas, and therefore the Wellcome Trust programme seemed perfect for me.

To have the opportunity to try different areas grants one a more informed choice - a privilege not afforded to all PhD students, and I intend to take full advantage of it! I would be able try different areas before having to choose; as well as incorporate the skills/techniques I will have gained from the different rotations into my PhD.

Importantly, the programme, university, and Dundee itself, makes it very easy to socialise through a range of creative events. Also, with the excellent sports clubs and facilities here, I find it very easy to get and stay active. For instance, I participate in weekly basketball practices with the university basketball team as well as with the College of Life Sciences.

Currently, I am rotating in Professor Alan Fairlamb's lab in the Biochemistry and Drug Discovery division; where my project focuses on the molecular mechanisms of Nifurtimox and Eflornithine on trypanosomes.