To study for a Doctoral Degree (PhD) in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Nevada, Reno from this August. I hope that through my research I can work towards developing Point of Care Diagnostic (POCT) devices.
Thanks to all of you, I am almost half way in my campaign. I really appreciate the love and support I have received so far.
My name is JESHURUN BINEY and I’ve been given an offer to study for a Doctoral Degree (PhD) at the University of Nevada, Reno from this August. Fortunately, I was put forward for funding and being from a working-class background, I seek alternative funds to help with my move to the United States for the first few months with regards to living expenses and minor fees until I get settled. I firmly believe that by pursuing a graduate’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from a reputable graduate school like UNR, I will have the opportunity to truly understand and better my skill of coming out with solutions for the diagnostics of and other minor ailments. I hope that through my research I can work towards developing and improving Point of Care Diagnostic (POCT) devices that developing and underdeveloped countries can easily have access to. This would close the wide gap of misdiagnosis that exists in there.
ABOUT ME: Born in Cape Coast, Ghana on the 11th of February 1993 to a librarian and a teacher; father working as a librarian and mother as vocational skills teacher. Growing up in a developing country has been challenging. Everyone would face obstacles in life I agree but the obstacles one faces from coming from an under developed or developing country is huge especially when a child has a big dream to contribute something to the society in the field of science and technology. Not everyone gets to make it in life and achieve their dreams but environments also play a major role and shapes our lives and future. The determined ones are those that do not let circumstances define their future; they chose to be the rudder of the ship of their lives. "It is not the nature of onions to sting eyes. It is the environment it is nurtured in that makes it sting eyes”. Onions sting eyes because they are always grown and nurtured in a soil full of sulfur. There is a new research project that is trying to produce onions that won’t sting the eyes by growing them in a "non-sulfuric ground." This goes further to imply that our environment plays a major role in our development.
I proceeded to study in Korea after High School to Double Major in Chemical Engineering and Bio-engineering in South Korea.
After four years of studying in my university – Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST), I feel it is time to make use of all the years of theory and put it into application, as unfortunate as it may sound, an undergraduate study doesn’t allow adequate time to build research skills and gather hands on experience. Course work play a major role in an undergraduate’s life since it is considered the basics for the program. A graduate’s program such as a doctorate’s degree on the other hand would grant me both but with a shift towards research which would grant me the platform to apply everything that has been studied and gained over the years of an undergraduate study. Hands on experience and skills are of more value since once gained can hardly be forgotten due to it practicality in nature.
At the end of my program I wish to return to my home country Ghana and apply what has been learned all over the years. I hope to work in the medical sector which is important for a developing country like Ghana and help my country to help curb infant mortality rate due to incorrect diagnosis. At the end of the day, I would love to be a global leader and use my knowledge and expertise to make the world a better place. The challenge is on and I accept it.
MY RESEARCH: Working on super soft lithography while in University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, got me interested in the field of lab on a chip diagnostics and aiming to produce cost-effective solutions to society’s diagnostics problems especially coming from a developing country. I tried to gain as much experience in this field when working on this project in the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. I worked with experienced graduates students who helped channel my course to gain the adequate knowledge on the project. It didn’t stop there, I continued in other labs both in the United States and Korea to gain as much experience in research as possible during my term as an undergraduate. I hope to continue this research and make some publications on the fabrication and use of microfluidics devices for cancer diagnostics. Especially with regards to isolation of Circulating Tumor Cells (CTCs) using graphene oxide.
BREAKDOWN OF COSTS: The estimated costs for each year at UNR is shown in an attached link.
These costs are as given on the UNR Graduate Studies website:
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