I love the freedom I am given to pursue my own ideas and hypotheses.
Why did you study Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences?
Over the past several years, genome sequencing has led to unparalleled, multifaceted analysis of the genetic and molecular landscape of human cancer, in particular breast cancer. Ideally, this information could provide medical professionals more information to make better decisions regarding treatment regimes.
Even as an undergraduate student I was aware of the huge potential that we were starting to see in genome sequencing, and I knew I wanted to be a part of it.
What kind of things do you do in your current job?
My project aims to identify the potential pathways which are required for tumors to initiate in the body and grow.
My tasks include:
- Conducting cutting edge research including animal surgeries, tumour studies, imaging etc.
- Communicating research to the scientific and broader communities
- Collaborating with labs in Boston and all over the world, including Harvard and MIT.
- Assisting in training junior scientists
How have your studies helped you in your career?
UQ is highly regarded as a prestigious institution which helps to shape diligent and quality
Researchers. The many seminars UQ offered in job interviewing skills, CV preparation and assistance from senior colleagues was integral to making a good impression and thereby being offered the position.
What’s the best part of your job?
I love that I am in the epicentre of Biomedical research. So much critical and amazing research is happening in Boston and just being here in the midst of it all is an honour! I love the freedom I am given to pursue my own ideas and hypotheses. It is definitely a self-motivating career path!
What advice do you have for someone deciding how to start their career?
I recommend reading my blog, which covers a range of activities in the life of a research scientist!
Molecular Oncology Research Institute
Tufts University, Boston
PhD (Biochemistry and Cell Biology)
Bachelor of Science (Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics)
- Minimum $39 264 USD
- Maximum $54 000
- Average $45 000