Jump to content

Changing the research point (Very critical to me)

Mohammad Ayoub

Recommended Posts

Hi everyone !


My name is Mohammad Ayoub, a fresh graduate from Faculty of Agriculture, Cairo University, Egypt. (B.Sc./major in Biotechnology).

I have a deep interest to make research on Cancer Biology field. Honestly, I haven't any research experience in this field. All I have is a continuous reading papers on various topics about Tumor suppressor genes and cell cycle control.

My question is, What's my opportunities to get accepted (for masters/PhD) from a principal investigator from a high ranked university like MIT, Stanford ...etc! "my undergraduate GPA is 3.7 (for all 4 years) and 3.9 (for last 2 years of my Bachelor), if that might help!"

Your opinion is very important for me.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I would say with zero research experience in the area, your chance of getting accepted for a PhD at all, much less at a top ranked school, is pretty low. 


That said, it depends on what you mean by no research experience in the area. Do you have research experience in a related area that will transfer? Similar techniques, etc?

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Yes very similar techniques ... my research experience in plant molecular biology. I used to deal with PCR and its various techniques (rtPCR...etc), Blotting techniques, nucleic acid isolation, Gel Electrophoresis, ELISA, cell and tissue culture techniques... and many others.
But I had never being involved in cancer research which I plan to do in the future!

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 3 weeks later...

If it makes you feel any better, I was told by the dean of admissions to a molecular and biomedical program, that they dont care what techniques you know or what you did in the past as "anybody can be taught how to do a PCR", but admissions committees want to see that you are "passionate and want to do science".

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
  • Create New...

Important Information

By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.