Nigerian student Daniel Amund talks about his time at London Met.
Can you tell us a bit about your background?
I am from Nigeria – I did my Bachelors degree at the University of Lagos, where I studied Microbiology. I graduated as the best student in my department, and was also the only student in my class to graduate with a First Class degree. I then decided to study for an MSc in Food Science at London Met.
What was your next step after finishing your MSc?
Upon completing my MSc, I entered and won the Institute of Food Science & Technology (IFST) New Food Scientist competition which gave me the opportunity to publish my MSc research in the Food Science and Technology Journal.
I joined the Microbiology Research Unit and I then embarked on my PhD at London Met, which is titled 'Effects of environmental and physiological stress on the functionality of probiotic microorganisms'. Undertaking a PhD has been very challenging, but also rewarding. I have learned about research, but also developed my writing and science communication skills, and gained an appreciation of the importance of networking. After obtaining my PhD I hope to either forge a career in academia or in scientific publishing.
Did you gain any work experience whilst studying?
I had the opportunity to take up a postgraduate fellowship in the Houses of Parliament, working with the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology, where I had to research and write a briefing paper on livestock vaccines. That experience taught me about science communication and various opportunities that exist outside of a research career.
What have been the benefits of studying at London Met?
I have met a lot of new people and the learning experience has been just wonderful.