My academic journey began in the Department of Pharmacy, BRAC University, back in 2017. There was a saying in scientific communities that “The greatest scientists are also the greatest dreamers; to turn those dreams into success needs willpower.” When I started my studies, it was my dream to become a researcher who understands how human physiology works, how diseases progress, and how to create medicine to treat illness. I had the willpower to achieve my dream, but all I needed was guidance and mentorship, which I received from the Dean, Professor Dr Eva Rahman Kabir and the esteemed faculty members of the School of Pharmacy. Their exceptional expertise has been instrumental in guiding me toward achieving my goal.
The curriculum was designed in a way which helped me to be confident, creative, and a better student and motivated me towards research work. This department has provided me with extensive opportunities to delve into the pharmaceutical realm, igniting my passion for translating theoretical knowledge into practical applications. Through industrial visits, internships, and seminars conducted by expert professionals, I have gained valuable insights. The department not only focuses on academic education but also actively engages in extracurricular activities, constantly exploring new avenues for intellectual growth. I vividly recall participating in poster presentations, 3-minute challenges, and Toolbox for Success, experiences that enhanced my competence and fostered improved communication skills. My involvement with the BRAC University Pharma Society was particularly rewarding, thanks to the unwavering support of Professor Kabir and the dedicated faculty members. Even during the challenges posed by the pandemic, I had the privilege of contributing to society. Additionally, serving as a Teaching Assistant closely aligned with the department was a professionally enriching experience that undoubtedly left a lasting impact on my career. I had the honor of being involved in the pivotal transition from the Department of Pharmacy to the School of Pharmacy—a pioneering initiative in our country and BRAC University history led by Professor Kabir. I firmly believe that with her at the helm, the School of Pharmacy at BRAC University will emerge as a leader in education and research across Southeast Asia in the future, representing both BRAC University and Bangladesh on a global scale.
Currently, I am pursuing an MSc in Molecular Medicine at the University of East Anglia, UK, while also working on a research project focusing on the development of enteric neurons from iPSCs and studying their functional interactions with different organoids and gut stem cells for my master’s thesis. In the future, I aim to give back by contributing to the school and creating comparable opportunities for upcoming researchers and leaders in the field of pharmacy at BRAC University.
For those considering a career in Pharmacy, I understand that the prospect may seem challenging, involving cutting-edge research to deliver optimal patient treatments and a rigorous curriculum. Nevertheless, I can assure you that the School of Pharmacy's supportive atmosphere and educational environment will empower you to realize your full potential.