After a thrilling wait the time has come to set off for Canada

Pradeep Kumar Thalla, 26 years old, arrived in Sweden in 2006 to study an MSc education. Now his research career continues at Quebec University in Canada.

-I always dreamt about becoming a researcher, he says.

Before he came to Sweden to study he worked a couple of years in a research institute in India and already during that time he decided to continue studying in the medical or pharmaceutical field.

-While working in the institute I got inspired by the advanced research in biotechnology. I also knew that the research in this field is very advanced in Sweden.

Pradeep Kumar Thalla got admitted to a MSc study programme in Chemical Engineering with a specialisation in applied biotechnology at University of Borås. The goal was to work his way on to a PhD placement in Europe, but, as it turned out, he ended up at a PhD placement in Canada instead.

Studied gold nanoparticles

He did his final thesis work with IMEGO, Institute of Micro Electronics in Gothenburg, where he participated in a project to develop technology to detect prostate cancer in an early stage.

-The institute in Gothenburg focuses on biosensors and my part was to study biochemical reactions of goldnano particles and to investigate the possibilities of utilizing gold nanoparticles to develop Biosensor. I studied the changes in optical properties of the gold nanoparticles after immobilization of prostate specific antigen and how these changes may be used to construct the Biosensor. If the changes can be controlled one can use the goldnano particles for biosensors, he explains.

During his studies his interest in biochemistry continued to grow, and he found himself striving after even more knowledge. He was adviced to take extra courses at Chalmers.

And finally he reached his goal, to get a PhD position where he can continue his research career.

- In Canada I will work with a project named “Bioactive coating with tethered growth factors: In vitro and in vivo testing for cardiovascular applications”. The multidisciplinary project is going to study and develop material to tubes for a new kind of implant which is inserted into the blood vessels to strengthen their walls. To enhance the healing process the material of the tubes is covered with a hormone that activates the growth of the smooth muscle fibres that surround the vessels.

What do you think about the research studies in Canada?

-I am very happy, even if I hoped for a place in Europe at first. I am also very grateful to all support and encouragement I got from the professors at University of Borås.

What about the time in Borås?

-I really like Borås. The study possibilities in Borås are good for international students, not only because the studies have been free, but for the courses that are so advanced.

What about the future?

-Now I will stay in Canada for three years for a start. Further into the future I would like to start a research institute in India.