MEL-PLEX PROJECT 12
My name is Romina Silva and I’m from Portugal. I have a BSc in Biomedical Sciences and a MSc in Molecular Oncology, both from Portuguese Universities (Aveiro and Porto, respectively). After obtaining my MSc degree, I worked as laboratory technician in a diagnostic laboratory in Portugal. It was then that I understood that what I really wanted to was research, and I moved to Ireland to work as a research assistant in UCD. The aim of my work in the MEL-PLEX consortium is to validate a panel of master transcription regulators (MTRs) in melanoma tissue and study their potential prognostic value.
Why are you doing a PhD?
The opportunity to pursue a PhD comes with a lot of work, but also a lot of prospects. I chose to follow this career path because I am deeply passionate about research and because I think that doing a PhD will give the necessary skills to improve myself as a researcher and to collaborate with other researchers that have the same interests as me. Also, the opportunity to work in both an academic and industry setting gives me the opportunity to expand my knowledge in the research and commercialization areas.
When I am not in the lab, I like to spend time with my friends. I really like going to the movies, reading a good book or listening to music. I also love to travel, and take every opportunity I can to visit new places and cultures. I am also a fitness addict: I love dancing and it seems that I spend most of my time in the gym than anywhere else.