Welcome to the Egypt page!
We are keen to provide our applicants with as much information as possible in order to make an informed decision about postgraduate study. As many of our international applicants will be arranging their own funding, we realise how important it is that you feel you are making the right choices.
In case you have any unanswered questions, we have identified a current postgraduate student to act as an ‘Ambassador’ for our Egyptian applicants.
We are pleased to introduce Rasha Soliman El Ghaba, a first year postgraduate student from Egypt.
Rasha is happy to answer any questions you may have, talk in general about her experiences, and offer any advice on the application process, scholarship opportunities and more!
You can email Rasha directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Name: Rasha Soliman El Ghaba
From: Mansoura, Egypt
Degree course: PhD Neuroscience
Supervisor: Dr Enrico Bracci
PhD project title: Opioidergic control of striatal nitrergic LTS interneurons
What did you do before undertaking your PhD?
I graduated from Faculty of Medicine – Mansoura University – Egypt.
Why did you choose your degree/project/supervisor?
I think the nervous system is the most valuable system in our body. It gives us our uniqueness as human beings. Understanding how this system works will eventually help us to understand our real abilities.
Why did you decide to undertake a postgraduate course?
I am interested in scientific research. I wanted to work as scientific researcher in Neuroscience. So I needed to have the suitable qualifications that put me on the right path for my dream.
Please give a brief summary of your PhD project.
The striatum is the main input nucleus of the basal ganglia and is crucially involved in motor control and reward processing. This project will focus on the effect of opioids on different striatal neurons. Striatal projection neurons express either enkephalin or dynorphin, but the role of these opioid neurotransmitters is still poorly understood.
This is expected to advance our knowledge of how striatal circuits process cortical information to produce appropriate motor outputs in the healthy brain, as well as to provide novel information on how drugs of abuse such as heroin affect reward-mediated learning in this part of the brain.
Why did you choose Manchester?
Manchester is a friendly city. You never feel a stranger in it. There are a lot of different communities that give Manchester its cultural uniqueness.
What do you think of your PhD so far?
It is amazing. I am enjoying learning new things, knowing new people, making new friends.
What are facilities and resources like in the Faculty?
The labs, the library, the buildings, and administration. Everything is well prepared to help us to learn everything we need during our courses.
What does the University offer international students?
There are a lot of international students from different countries which make the international society inside Manchester University very rich!! You will never be alone. You always find students who share the same circumstances. The University provides support for international students. It provides many facilities for us like English courses.
How do you think studying here will help your future prospects? What are your future plans?
My future plans are to work as a post doc in my field. My study here will hopefully put me on the right track. It helps me to acquire needed knowledge and skills to start my future career.
What do you like about the city of Manchester?
Presence of that great mix of cultures, deep understanding of people living here, and respect for each other differences.
Anything else you would like to add?
I would advise anyone to come and study here. It is a great experience that they will enjoy.
Name: Naglaa Abu-Mandil
Degree course: PhD Genetics
Supervisor: Professor Terry Brown
PhD project title: Molecular genetics of ancient Greek
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