Lorenzo ArenaStudent | Italy
MSc Control of Infectious DiseasesContact Lorenzo Arena
I have a BSc in Materials Science and Engineering and a MSc in Materials Engineering at the University of Naples “Federico II”. On my master thesis, I approached the health and biomedicine research world by working at the University of Technology of Eindhoven where I carried out my project on tissue-engineering and biomaterials. After that, I worked as a researcher in a biotech company in London where I developed and tested diagnostic tools. After this experience, I decided I wanted to work in global health.
Research interests or career goals
The diagnosis of infectious diseases is still a challenge in many countries, especially in low-resourced areas where it is not possible to perform lab-based diagnosis. I want to work in organizations whose commitment is to improve the availability and reliability of the diagnostic tools for infectious diseases by reducing inequalities and ensuring high-quality diagnostic tests.
Why I chose LSHTM/my course
When I decided I wanted to work on global health settings, I realised that I needed a master's to enter this field. Among all the institutions with global health master, LSHTM has a worldwide reputation for the impact and research on public health. When I came to LSHTM for the open day, I talked with the various programme directors and the MSc Control of Infectious Diseases programme was exactly what I was looking for: a multidisciplinary master with an epidemiological, public health and infectious diseases-related approach. This will provide a strong background on the impact of the infectious diseases and a better understanding of the current global health challenges.