• Question: Hello! What made you want to become a scientist?

    Asked by fast493kue to Hayley, Ping on 30 Nov 2023. This question was also asked by fear493kue.
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      Hayley Free answered on 30 Nov 2023:

      I always wanted to be a vet but when I did not get the grades to study veterinary medicine at university I became interested in biological research. I became more interested when I spent a year at the Institute of Zoology at London Zoo – where I experience the research they undertake for animal conservation and disease. Since then I have become interested in genetics when I learnt about how viral DNA can be integrated into a host species DNA.

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      Ping Zhang answered on 1 Dec 2023:

      I was studying environmental economics during the first year of my bachelor, and I become more interested in biology after taking a summer practical course in life science college. I changed my major and continued my study in biomedical research in cancer genetics and now genetics in infectious disease throughout my master, PhD and postdoc trainings.