Student portrait - Chenfei Ning
Current study: PhD in Neuro-oncology at Cancer Centrum Karolinska
Educational background: MD, graduate from the Global Master's Programme in Toxicology at Karolinska Institutet
Country of residence: China
Year of birth: 1985
His mother is a doctor, his father works at a medical institute and both his grandparents were doctors. Considering that, it isn't strange that Chenfei Ning chose to be a medical doctor too. But at least he is the only one in the family that has chosen to take a master's degree in toxicology, which then led to a PhD position in Neuro-oncology at Cancer Centrum Karolinska.
'I became interested in the subject when I worked at the emergency room of my university hospital and discovered we could not treat all cases of poisoning. Then I saw a tv-programme about the best medical universities in the world, in which Karolinska Institutet (KI) was presented. I thought it was very intriguing and wanted to learn more about the university. The toxicology programme at KI is also one of the oldest in the world.'
One of the best things about studying at KI is the mix of students according to Chenfei Ning:
'Ambitious people from all over the world study here, and we learn a lot from each other. We also have a vibrant social life and do a lot of fun things together. I like going to live concerts and training at the gym.'
After his studies Chenfei Ning wants to combine his clinical work with more research in toxicology. He recommends new students to have a good plan ready for the future so they know how to use their new knowledge. Another important thing is that they have to learn to adapt to the Swedish custom of fika (taking a coffee break and socialising with friends).
'Everybody here drinks coffee all the time. I have become more Swedish and can now drink coffee without milk and sugar. But I think that will be a difficult habit to take home to China as everybody there drinks tea...'