Suzanne Zaremba, Applied Pharmacology

When I left school, I briefly went to the University of Edinburgh to study mathematics, but it wasn’t for me. Aside from the wrong choice of course, I was keen to experience a more campus like feel with smaller class sizes, so I took some time out to consider my options. A few of my friends had studied at QMU and had told me about the benefits of studying in a smaller institution; as classes sizes weren’t so big, you got to know everyone, including staff, very early on in the course.

I have always had a keen interest in science and how the human body functions in both healthy and diseased states, which is what drew my attention to the biological science degrees at QMU.

Across the four years, I received a great deal of support throughout my undergraduate degree, particularly from my Personal Academic Tutor. The staff were always very approachable and willing to help with any problems. I received excellent support from my supervisors during my final year honours project – support that I feel helped me to achieve a First Class Honours degree. I particularly enjoyed the third year of course, when I studied modules covering aspects of drug abuse and addiction and neuropharmacology. I learned a great deal about the structure and functions of the brain, how disease states arise and ultimately how they can be treated by pharmacological interventions.




"I would definitely recommend QMU as a place to study (and work!). Classes were a comfortable size and lecturers were very supportive and encouraging. There’s always a very friendly atmosphere around campus and the small community-like feeling ensures you’re not lost in the crowd."
Suzanne Zaremba

As the end of my degree approached, I started to think about what I wanted to do when I graduated. As part of my honours project, I researched the effects of a food supplement upon the vascular system. It was during this time that I became interested in nutrition and the concept of functional foods. With this in mind, I decided to study for a postgraduate degree at QMU in Public Health Nutrition.

As I had enjoyed laboratory work and undertaking research projects for my undergraduate and postgraduate courses, I decided that a PhD was the next step for me. I wanted to develop my existing skills as well as learning new skills to allow me to be a fully independent researcher in the area of nutrition research. QMU was offering studentships for various topics of research so I applied and was successful in getting a place. Between finishing my masters degree and starting my PhD, I gained hands-on experience working as a research assistant for QMU’s Knowledge Exchange Programme. In this position I got the chance to further develop my laboratory skills in addition to learning new techniques such as antioxidant analysis and cognitive function testing.