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PhD Profile: Amissi Sadiki

Amissi Sadiki, Chemistry PhD candidate, sits down with the College of Science Graduate Program staff to talk about what it’s like to work and study at Northeastern University.

Please describe your research.

Amissi Sadiki

Amissi Sadiki, a Chemistry PhD candidate

My current project is developing and applying methods to modify proteins site-specifically, and dynamically control their function using an external stimulus. This research is at the interface of chemistry and biology. Our lab’s core interest is in protein chemistry and analysis, and we develop reversible methods to install novel switches onto proteins and impart various functions otherwise inaccessible. These methods find broad applications in chemistry, biology, medicine and biomaterials.

What is your favorite part about Northeastern?

My favorite part of Northeastern is the interaction and friendly attitude of the many graduate students, staff and professors I interact with on the daily basis. They are always ready to guide and help graduate students throughout their graduate careers.

Why did you choose to attend Northeastern?

My undergraduate career began at California State University, Fullerton in Southern California and I always wanted to experience life in the east coast; primarily, the New England area and live through the four seasons. Furthermore, I chose to attend Northeastern because many of their faculty work closely with industry to translate their research. This observation is evident from various connections our department has to the Boston’s biotechnology and biopharma hub. For instance, during my first year in graduate school, I took classes with scientists with active research programs in industry.

What is your favorite part of Boston?

Boston is an easily-accessible city which enables various indoor and outdoor activities. Some of my favorite things to do is visit the Museum of Fine Arts (i.e., free of charge for Northeastern students), local festivals and events, dining and basketball games at the TD Garden.

What are the perks of being a Northeastern graduate student?

Northeastern and the greater Boston area is superb for professional networking opportunities. This observation is highlighted by numerous societies and multitude of universities in close proximity. The geographical location enables research collaboration and enriches the graduate students’ experiences. Moreover, the resources available are splendid such as the PhD Network. Lastly, living in Boston!

What advice would you give to an incoming graduate student?

For incoming graduate students, I urge you to participate in departmental and college activities because it is a great opportunity to find resources, meet fellow graduate students, staff and faculty. This opens the door for future research collaboration and professional growth. Feel free to reach out! Finally, this recommendation fits well with the best advice I have received in graduate school thus far, take ownership of your own education.

What are your plans after degree completion?

Once I graduate, I plan to lead a research team in academia or industry. I have not decided yet; nonetheless, the placement in Boston makes both options possible.

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