Scholarship Story: Saraf Salim (CAS’19, SPH’20)

Scholarship Story: Saraf Salim (CAS’19, SPH’20)

December 14, 2019 0 By Ronny Jaskolski


I didn’t have any research
experience coming out of high school. That was actually one of the
reasons why I applied to BU. I just wanted to
delve into research and see, OK, I’m
interested in this thing. How do I developed
this into a passion that I can explore for
the rest of my career? I applied to around 60 to 70
labs after my orientation, so I was not fully
a BU student yet. I joined the Qiu lab in 2015,
September of my fall semester freshman year. The Qiu lab is focused on
neurodegenerative diseases and just creating
novel therapeutics for cognitive disabilities
such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disorders. We focus way more on just
why things work and how can we get people the
accessibility to realize that they have this disorder and
ways to prevent and inevitably maybe treat the disorders. Just talking to Dr. Qiu,
she was the only person who believed in me and
said, even though you don’t have this experience,
I can get you the experience, and you can just go from there. Like, see if you can
pipette something, and we can see if you might
have a place in this lab. Being part of this
lab really shaped how I saw myself as a future
health care professional. I feel like I’m more equipped
in knowing the basis of what they’re going through by doing
my clinical work, but also the basis of the disease itself
by performing this research. I came to BU because I
got this scholarship that would allow me to pursue
my research passions and my passions
for health, career in medicine,
neurobiology, in a way that I believe I had not
had access to before. I was able to use
this scholarship to come to the
university and focus on doing jobs and research. That to me, that
doesn’t feel like a job. It feels like every
day is something that I’m passionate
about and I get to do instead of focusing on
the monetary aspect of it all. The BU scholarship has really
let me explore my passions and create a larger
impact in the community that I didn’t initially
see myself having. [MUSIC PLAYING]