Ph.D. Program for Neuroregenerative Medicine Program (NRM) is specialized in studying brain pathology linked to diseases such as Alzheimer's, Parkinsons, Traumatic Brain Injury and Stroke. As a graduate in Clinical Psychology, I was interested in pursuing a Ph.D in a neuroscience course focusing on the underlying mechanism and possible treatment options in neurodegenerative disorders.
The program is linked to NHRI, thus, broadening the opportunities to work and collaborate with skilled researchers in the country. The course offers training programs in topics such as neuroregenerative medicine, bioinformatics, basic and clinical neuroscience, and stem cell biology. NRM has been carefully designed to provide the students with the necessary information and skill to work on their research project efficiently. I had absolutely no wet lab experience when I joined the program, but in the past 3 years, I was able to learn most of the regular lab techniques while working on my Ph.D project under the constant guidance of my adviser. Moreover, the department organizes frequent seminars and conferences for the students and faculty, inviting renowned speakers from around the world, to share their knowledge and experience in their field of research and thus, providing the students with the opportunity to develop connections with researchers in their field. Moreover, our department has a strong set of faculty members specialized in various fields in neuroscience. They are pioneers in their own areas of research and are willing to teach and offer their valuable skill and insights when required.
Currently, I am studying the role of CCL5 in memory formation and how it is linked to neurodegenerative diseases. This chemokine has been previously linked to HIV-1, Huntington's, cell recruitment and migration, and other metabolic-related diseases such as diabetes. Given the multiple roles of CCL5 in the human body, the study of the exact function and underlying action of CCL5 in the brain can explain the disease pathology in neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's, Huntington's, Multiple Sclerosis and mild traumatic brain injury.
The training I get from NRM will help me develop skills such as, creating hypotheses, questioning theories, designing experiments, deriving conclusions and testing theories - all the traits needed to become a good researcher. In the competitive field of research, NRM also provides us with a platform to exchange knowledge and skill among professionals in the field of neuroscience. I believe that these are important aspects to consider when planning a career in the field of research.