A format for writing for masters , doctoral , postdoc position/scholarship

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Subject: Msc/PhD Interest 

Dear Professor XYZ (Full name),

I write to apply for the position of a doctoral/master student in your group at the Institute of Pharmacology, University of Ekiti State, Nigeria. 

I recently completed my master/bachelor degree at the University of Katenko China. I have about 8 years of experience studying microbial pathogenesis and antimicrobial resistance. 

My bachelor’s thesis was on antibiotic resistance patterns of Staphylococcus aureus isolated from a tertiary hospital in Ekiti State, Nigeria. The finding of this study shows increase in antimicrobial resistance of this strains to even drugs of last resort. 

In order to know more about microbial pathogenesis and their antimicrobial resistance machinery, I started my Master’s program at the University of Katenko, Russia. 

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My master’s thesis focused on the mechanism of antimicrobial resistance in Pseduomonas aeruginosa. Part of the findings of the result which has been published in MBio showed that specific genes including atfa, amt are responsible for antimicrobial resistance and biofilm production in Pseudomonas aeruginosa which can be further explored as antimicrobial targets. 

The experience so far so far has broadened my knowledge and skills in advanced molecular microbiology techniques such as generation of mutant strains using homologous gene replacement techniques, CRISPR Cas 9 gene editing technology and primer design ,nucleic acid isolation and manipulation (DNA and RNA isolation), DNA digestion, ligation and cloning, mRNA expression level assay by qRT-PCR, protein extraction and assay using SDS-PAGE, osmotic stress and oxidative sensitivity tests and so on. 

These opportunities have reinforced my resolve to stay associated with academics and increased my interest in the teaching profession which in I dream of becoming a Professor of Microbiology in the near future. 

To fulfil my aspirations and dreams of becoming a Professor of Microbiology, I deem it necessary to apply as a doctoral student in your group. I read some of your research articles and I find them interesting. I believe that an opportunity to pass through you especially with your  area of interest on the roles of a polo-like kinase, PLKA, in cell cycle regulation and development of Escherichia coli will provide me the opportunity to learn advanced theories of molecular and cellular biology and sophisticated experimental skills. 

I am enclosing my curriculum vitae. Thank you for your time and consideration. I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely,
XYF (your name) 

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