Virginia – alumna of the programme
What year did you graduate?
"I graduated in 2021."
What is your current job and where is it located?
"I’m a junior R&D scientist for a company producing a natural resin from tomato waste that is located in the north of Italy."
What is your favourite thing about your job?
"My favourite thing is getting to work on a new product that has never been marketed before. It is as challenging as it is inspiring."
How are you changing the industry or the world (in a large or small way)?
"I’m optimising the production and finding new applications for a bio-based resin which can replace fossil-based ones that are known to be harmful to humans and the environment."
What was especially useful about the programme that you use in your everyday work?
"During my Master’s, I learned how to work with colleagues with different backgrounds, both academic and social. Nowadays, I find it easier to cooperate and appreciate everyone’s contributions within my work."
What was the highlight of your study time at Lund?
"I really enjoyed doing my degree project at the Department of Biotechnology. It offered a lot of good equipment, helpful colleagues and a friendly environment."
What was the focus of your degree project?
"I took part in a project investigating anaerobic co-digestion of steam pretreated wheat straw and sewage sludge in continuously stirred tank reactors."
Why do you think prospective students should choose the Biotechnology programme?
"I believe a Master’s in Biotechnology provides students with wide-ranging knowledge that is applicable in several and very different fields. It feeds your curiosity, forces you to explore, and, at the same time, paves the way to a promising career."
Do you have any advice for prospective students coming to Lund?
"I would suggest trying your best to adjust to the new context, that being the weather or the education system. This is important to be able to recognize and perhaps value all the differences it has from their original context."