Tania Sultana

Tania Sultana

"Specialized knowledge, career advancement, and research opportunities"

College: Medicine
Degree Program: Biomedical Sciences
Degree: Doctoral

Why FSU?

I chose to attend FSU for my graduate degree due to its renowned faculty in the Department of Biomedical Sciences, which perfectly aligns with my research interests. FSU's robust research infrastructure and state-of-the-art facilities provide an ideal platform for me to explore my passion for cutting-edge biomedical research further. Additionally, the University's collaborative and inclusive academic environment has not only encouraged my professional growth but also facilitated meaningful connections with peers and mentors, making my experience here truly enriching.

Motivation to pursue a graduate degree

Pursuing a graduate degree is not only a product of my passion for biomedical science but also my aspiration to serve as a role model for women in Bangladesh, demonstrating that with determination and ambition, we can excel and make significant contributions. I am motivated by the opportunity to contribute to cutting-edge research, address complex scientific challenges, and advance healthcare, while also aiming to inspire and empower more women to pursue their academic and professional ambitions, regardless of societal expectations or constraints.

Importance and/or impact of research and work

Our research delves into the fundamental mechanisms underlying the formation of viroplasm-like structures (VLS) by the NS3 protein in Zika virus (ZIKV). By elucidating this intricate process, we aim to not only enhance our understanding of ZIKV replication but also to shed light on similar mechanisms at play in other related flaviviruses. This investigation is crucial for advancing preventive measures against ZIKV and potentially other flavivirus-related diseases.

Career aspirations

I aim to secure a postdoctoral position in an innate immunity-focused research university, with the goal of becoming an independent researcher specializing in biomedical and virological studies on infectious diseases and immunity.

Advice for anyone considering graduate school

For anyone considering graduate school, it's crucial to thoroughly research potential programs and ensure they align with your academic and career goals. Additionally, actively seeking mentorship and building strong relationships with faculty can provide invaluable support and guidance throughout your academic journey.

Accomplishments during graduate career

I am proud to have received the following awards, grants, and recognitions:

• Selected for ‘Accidental Research Image’ in Biomedical Science retreat (2023)

• Bryan Robinson Endowment on ‘Zika Virus NS3 Drives Assembly of a Viroplasm-Like Structure’ awarded by Bangladesh Sweden Trust Fund travel grant (2023)

• Travel Award in TERMIS-AM Conference (2022) supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH)

• 'President’s Award' for outstanding research achievement, Konkuk University, South Korea (2019)