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The Story of Alise Kalteniece

Those who take the risk, believe in themselves, are not afraid of the unknown, are hard-working, and persistent in reaching their goals inspire me.

I came here from Riga, Latvia. I left a very good job in eye hospital to do research in Manchester. Before I finished my Masters I had a chance to study at Cardiff University to see how research works there. Since then I always kept in my mind that at some point I’d definitely do PhD as it can broaden my knowledge in many more directions. Out of nowhere I had a chance to apply for a project here, and luckily I got interviewed, and voila I’m here :). I was so nervous about coming here thinking what if it won’t work. The project was completely different from what I had done before and indeed I felt like a blank page. But continuous work brought me to where I am now.