“My work will reduce the likelihood of cancers developing, such as skin and lung cancer”

“My current research is focused on validating a field deployable method for screening rice with elevated inorganic arsenic content. In 2016, the EU set regulations on the levels of arsenic that can be in rice. Therefore, my work is necessary to help famers to adapt their agro-practices techniques in order to produce rice that comply with these regulations. My work will help to make rice safer for consumption for both infants and adults. The need for my work comes from the fact that many low income countries cannot maintain a steady electricity source to power advanced equipment in the field. The field deployable method will provide an alternative to this. My work will reduce the likelihood of cancers developing, such as skin and lung cancer, which are linked to elevated inorganic arsenic in rice.

“Aberdeen is the 1st in the UK for environmental and social science research”

“The facilities here, such as the inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) and high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), that we have here are of such a high quality. This equipment would be unattainable in many low income countries. These facilities have enabled me to validate and use the testing kit in Malawi to screen rice and rice materials. I have been able to match my results obtained using the kit to those of ICP-MS tandem HPLC proving that rice screening can be simple, affordable and consistent for low income countries. I was initially compelled to join the University due to my admiration for the Professors that the University has here. I had read the work of Professor Joerg Feldmann and felt that he would be the perfect person to supervise my studies. I was also enticed to the University by the high employability rate that the University boasts (96% of students employed within six months after graduation). With Aberdeen being the 1st in the UK for environmental and social science research I have had the perfect support network for my research.”

“Since coming to Aberdeen I have realised that the city has so much more to offer than just the University”

“Since coming to Aberdeen I have realised that the city has so much more to offer than just the University. Me and my family love going to Duthie Park, one of Aberdeen’s many outdoor spaces, whenever we can. We have also been made to feel welcome at our church. We have grown into the community and are able to interact with other families from Malawi here along with the local Aberdeen population. I have made lots of friends since becoming part of the TESLA group and our annual seminars are one of the highlights of my year. I have been fortunate to travel to the Cairngorms National Park with the group and experience the outstanding scenery that it is famous for.”

“I hope to develop a research group, in collaboration with the University of Aberdeen, to help my research make a difference to people’s lives in low income countries.”

“Once I graduate I intend to continue with my research and conduct consultancy in my field. The expertise that I have gained at the University of Aberdeen will help me to be of good service when I return back home. I believe that the best contribution that one makes is the contribution he makes to his country. This is what I plan to do upon my return to Malawi. I hope to develop a research group, in collaboration with the University of Aberdeen, to help my research make a difference to people’s lives in low income countries.”