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Srijani comes from India. Before moving to Sweden, she studied Biotechnology Engineering in Karnataka, India. She enjoys going for hikes in and around Stockholm, but she stays indoors and binge watch series on a rainy day.

What are the best aspects of your programme?

I admire how well balanced and flexible my programme is. It gives ample opportunities to choose courses, selecting courses I want to pursue in future, at the same time excluding courses I do not fancy. There is also plenty of room to explore new interests, like maybe learning a new language. All the instructors are very knowledgeable and caring too!

Have you chosen a specialisation track within the programme?

I have chosen a specialisation track, and it is Molecular Applications of Biotechnology. I chose this as my interest lies in research opportunities in drug development.

What are some of your favourite courses so far?

So far, I have had around eight courses, out of which are my favourites. First is Advanced Microbiology and Metagenomics, where we focus on the role of microbes in natural ecosystems and their interaction with our body and some interesting in silico analysis in R programming. 

In another course of Molecular Biomedicine, I was introduced to genome and epigenome and its role in health and diseases, together with some insights into cancer technology.

Lastly, in Cell Factory course we learned about different microorganism and eukaryotic cell systems, and their biochemical pathways. I have gained a lot of knowledge from these courses, combining medical expertise with practical applications.

How is student life in Stockholm?

I would describe the student life here with a beautiful Swedish word, lagom, which literally means not too little, not too much. It is a very vibrant community where you can make friends for life!

If you are someone who likes to keep it mellow, do not worry, as Stockholm is filled with beautiful parks and lakes to spend hot afternoons in or visiting wonderful museums on colder days. Not to forget the international student union of THS at the university itself, which offers great opportunities to meet new people with similar interests as you.

How would you describe your time at KTH so far?

My time at KTH has been really rewarding for both my academic and personal growth. Even though I have started my course in the middle of a pandemic, KTH has been very accommodating. The university has tried its best to hold as many on-campus activities as possible, keeping in mind the restrictions. Being an international student, it was a privilege to come to Stockholm and start my studies during the "new normal".

What do you want to do after graduating?

I would love to have a research carrier in the pharmaceutical field after graduating and hopefully pursue a PhD degree in the same.