Crystal Ruff, MBA 2016
Name: Crystal Ruff, PhD
Programme: MBA 2016 and Co-President of the Healthcare Club
- What does your typical day at LBS look like?
Classes, more classes and then events in the evening. I'm in my second year now so have had the opportunity to choose many of my courses. This year, as Co-President of the Healthcare Club, I'm really trying to grow and expand its reach and breadth – so that takes up a lot of time as well!
- What keeps you motivated?
I know I am playing a part in something bigger. I am working hard to make LBS (and maybe the world?) a better place and in the meantime I've had the great fortune to meet some amazing new friends and have some incredible experiences! Who wouldn’t be motivated by that?
- What’s your favourite spot in London and why?
My favourite spot in London is at the tip of the Millennium Bridge - at night, just in front of the Tate Modern, looking out onto the Thames and St Paul’s. It’s absolutely gorgeous… Seeing the city lit up at night, people and boats passing in the water, street performers singing the songs you love… It’s the most magical experience!
- What is top of your bucket list?
Whilst at LBS, I’ve had the amazing opportunity to travel to so many extraordinary and fun places! And it really is unique in that you meet so many amazing exciting travel companions. This year, I was fortunate enough to travel to Asia and see sunrise at Angkor Wat, I sailed into a butterfly valley in Turkey and went white water rafting in Iceland. The next big thing on my bucket list will be visiting Machu Picchu in Peru whilst on the GBE. It’s been a whirlwind, and I urge you all to enjoy it to the max and appreciate your experience whilst you are here!
- Who would play you in the film of your life?
Not sure who would play me… All I know is that it would be narrated by Morgan Freeman! ;)
- Who would you invite to your dream dinner party?
Marilyn Monroe, Sheryl Sandberg, Thomas Edison, Beyonce Knowles, Katy Perry, Quentin Tarantino, Sharon Stone and Freddie Mercury
- What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
Be Brave. Have Adventures. And catch ALL of the Opportunities life throws at you!
- What do you consider your greatest achievement?
I am proud to say that my own work – surgeries done with my own two hands – showed that we could use stem cells to double the signal speed of messages in the brain.
I like to think that my work is part of a bigger picture - that we are on a ”regenerative medicine” wave, and this wave is growing and gathering momentum. And one day, maybe instead of people dying waiting for organ transplants, we can just bioprint them new ones. Maybe a child who was in an accident - and would otherwise be confined to a wheelchair all his life - will get up and run and jump and play and win an Olympic medal!
… And these two hands would have played a part in all that.
- What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
It’s better to ask for forgiveness than to ask for permission.
- Tell us something surprising about you
How about… I was the 2007 UK National Jitsu Groundfighting Champion (in my division)