Student Profile - Japan
Mari was born in the United States but her family originally came from Japan where she still has strong family connections. ....
Mari was born in the United States but her family originally came from Japan where she still has strong family connections. Indeed, she went to an international secondary school in Japan. With her father an astrophysics professor and her mother a musician, Mari opted for science with a fascination in forensics from when she was a child.
Mari found out about the University of Huddersfield at an international university fair in Japan and was impressed by the range of courses that were offered, crucially in her area of interest, forensic science.
Coming to Huddersfield in 2006 Mari joined the School of Applied Sciences on the MSci Forensic & Analytical Science course, graduating four years later with upper second class honours. During her degree she carried out her placement year at the University of Virginia working with Professor James P. Landers on an integrated, valveless system for microfluidic purification and reverse transcription-PCR amplification of RNA for detection of infectious agents.
After completing her degree Mari embarked on a PhD program in the group of Dr Graham Williams carrying out cutting edge research in forensic genetics involving the simultaneous analysis of DNA and microRNA. About her experiences, Mari says “the best thing about by studies in Huddersfield has been the travel, on my placement as an undergraduate and going to conferences during my PhD.” Indeed, Mari has presented her research at conferences around the world including the US and Portugal. At the Australian New Zealand Forensic Science Society International Symposium in 2012 Mari stole the show winning the prize for best oral presentation
Currently writing up her thesis and working as a part-time teaching assistant in the School she has now published 6 papers on her research.
“I’ve had great experiences and opportunities at Huddersfield.” says Mari, “In addition to my research I’ve been able to get involved in training and management of undergraduate and master’s students, and have managed the forensic genetics laboratory. I’ve also had the chance to develop my career, through networking at conferences and meeting forensic science practitioners and receiving training from forensic science providers.”
The campus is modern and very clean. My favourite area is the library and 24-hour computer centre. My tutors are very helpful and are always available whenever I need them.”....
“I have realised the importance of communication with people of various backgrounds and English has always been the tool for me to improve my skills.
“The University of Huddersfield gave me the opportunity to come and study with them. I followed my intuition when I chose Huddersfield. The University offered something outstanding such as my course which broadens my view towards the presentation of the past in the present world.
“I take a keen interest in History especially the WWII period, in particular between Japan and neighbouring countries. This made me want to discover what the war really meant at that time to people.
“Huddersfield offers everything you will need as a student. There are markets, shopping malls, restaurants, clubs, pubs, cinema and excellent transport links with bus and train. The campus is modern and very clean. My favourite area is the library and 24-hour computer centre. My tutors are very helpful and are always available whenever I need them.”