Ashton HallStudent | United States
MSc Medical MicrobiologyContact Ashton Hall
Associate of Science (Kent State University); Bachelor of Arts in Microbiology, Premedical Studies with minors in History and Molecular Biology (Miami University).
Research interests and career goals
Over the last three years, I have been involved in several research projects surrounding infectious diseases. In terms of treatment, I was a part of a synthetic organic chemistry laboratory that synthesized over ten compounds - in collaboration with the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi) - for more affordable and effective management of leishmaniasis. With respect to sanitation, I also worked in a microbiology lab that sought to improve bacterial endospore destruction in the clinical setting. And lastly, regarding hygiene, I completed a senior research project in which I sampled the most popular pub on my undergraduate campus to record potential pathogens - and the places we may find them. After my time has ended at LSHTM, I plan on entering medical school in the United States.
Why I chose LSHTM/my course
Despite being based in London, I do not think of LSHTM as being a particularly British institution. Rather, LSHTM is a global melting pot of intellectual and cultural diversity - and this is why I chose to study here. American medical schools prefer that students fulfill three objectives: scholarly potential, excellence in research, and altruism through volunteering. Therefore, the MSc Medical Microbiology allowed me to specialize in a medically-relevant field - encompassing bacteriology, virology, parasitology, and mycology - prior to medical school matriculation (scholarly potential). Also, the research projects during the summer months, specifically those abroad, provide a unique experience unavailable at many American institutions of higher education (excellence in research). And lastly, the skills I have acquired through the program allow me to effectively volunteer my time to communities in need - whether they be in London, abroad, or in the United States (altruism through volunteering).