Hi, I'm an afroitalian biologist living in Manchester.
Hi, my name is Favour Felix Ilemhenbhio, I was born in Nigeria, and since the age of 7, I was raised in Italy. Since when I was little, I was very curious. When I used to live in Nigeria, I had always wanted to understand how sicknesses I heard of at school, at home, or in the church acted and were cured. When I was 8 my curiosity grew bigger. I was very interested in knowing insects, amphibians, reptiles, birds and how body systems work. And living in Italy where I found a more developed and satisfying science culture, enforced my attraction to biological and medical sciences and got me highly motivated.
It was my love for science to push me to choose the scientific lyceum, where I discovered philosophy, I fell in love with it and it influenced my way of thinking, I learned how to build, enforce, and criticize a theory or a thinking. In addition, I started developing my love of literature in Italy, where I started writing poems in Italian and reading books of great Italian and English artists.
I've been working as a volunteer with kids since when I was 14, in the children department of my church, where I prepare and take place in activities with the children. I've been a choir singer and pianist since when I was 8, and I've worked with different artists for some charity concerts. I found it so amazing donating what you have best, to who have less and I think this is what life's all about. Moreover, by working with children I learned how to be patient, communicate well, and withdraw attention.
When I obtained my scientific diploma, I was sure I would have loved studying Biological Sciences, but I was scared, I thought the path was very hard, and the competition very tough, but my faith in God got me rid of every fear. I knew I could make it because I have all that it takes to make it and nothing can push me down. So, I took my stand, I got my admission in Biological Sciences, and I am very glad to be a Biology student, I often think it was the best choice I could ever make after graduating from high school. I had had the opportunity to comprehend subjects I was so interested in and to discover new subjects I didn't know anything about before getting into biology. And I am sure all this will make me a peculiar scientist, not because of what I study, but because of how I studied them and got into them.
I felt very honored being accepted in the hospital, Ospedali Riuniti di Ancona, as a trainee in the department of pathological anatomy. I had the chance to work for four months, in laboratories carrying out the various pathology procedures with doctors and biologist and learn molecular biology techniques.
In Italy, while studying I gave reps to undergraduate students and motivated them to do their best and succeed in their academic career. Under my guidance, they could achieve what they thought they couldn't have ever achieved. And I had the chance to develop my science communication skills and my teaching skills.
I and my family moved to England in my second year of biology, this made me glad because I had always wanted to complete my education in England been aware of the excellent education system and the wide range of different teaching methods.
In my final year of Biological Sciences, before graduating I discussed my thesis called “Synthesis and Anti-Hiv-1 activities of the derivatives of Gossypol with oligopeptides and D-Glucosamine” and my supervisor was my professor of Organic Chemistry, Professor Mario Orena. I really enjoyed this experience because I find it so interesting studying molecules and their impact on the human body.
I'm now a Biological Sciences graduate, and I'm focused on what I want to become, the best scientist the world has ever known and pass the baton, the values and the knowledge to the next generation.