Example Statement of Purpose

Example Statement of Purpose

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My career goal is to become a research faculty member, preferably at a European University. Currently I am completing my BS degree at the University of Fakedata. I am applying to the Cell and Molecular Biology program to pursue a PhD.


Currently I have experience with animal cell culture, microbiology, gel electrophoresis, DNA isolation, and PCR. Part of my training was during a 6 month internship with Dr. Fillup A. Beaker at Cells-R-Us Corporation. I was fortunate to get this internship because there were more than 30 applicants and I was the only person accepted. My experiences during that internship included: growth of Hela cells, culture maintenance, media preparation, cell transformations, and FACS analysis of the transformants. During my undergraduate work at the University of Fakedata, I have been conducting an honors research project in the labroatory of Dr. C. A. Bacillus, where I have cloned a phytase gene from Lactobacillus sp. isolated from the rumen of a cow. The gene was amplified by PCR and cloned into an expression plasmid. Under direction of a Ph.D. student, we were able to show that the E. coli clone was expressing a 110 kdalton protein as expected. This project gave me experience in DNA isolation, PCR, gel electrophoresis, and bacterial culture work. I believe these experiences have prepared me to be a productive member of a research team.


Most of my course work has been in the area of microbiology and molecular biology, but I have taken some courses in plant physiology and plant molecular biology. Part of that interest is because I grew up on a casava farm and got to see first hand the impact of bacterial and fungal diseases. That is why I have a keen interest in molecular processes underlying the interactions between plants and their pathogens.
My main areas of interest are plant molecular biology, ands pathogenic microbiology. However, I also would be interested in research opportunities in protein biochemistry, and immunology, since these are important aspects of pathogenesis. I have reviewed the faculty research projects on the Cell and Molecular Biology website and know that I would be interested in exploring possibilities for the projects in the laboratories of Drs. Drivel, Dogma, Buffoon, Larry, Moe, Curly, and Yiatpos. I would like to add that my interests in cell biology are much wider and would be interested in many other opportunities.