GRADUATE PROFILES

Nestor Solis - Molecular Biology and Genetics Graduate

Nestor Solis

Career path

Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Molecular Biology and Genetics

Nestor is currently in his fourth year of his Doctor of Philosophy in Science (PhD) at the School of Molecular Bioscience under the supervision of Associate Professor Stuart Cordwell. In his third year of candidature, Nestor has already become a very successful researcher, having recently won the Faculty of Science Postgraduate Research Prize for Outstanding Academic Achievement for his work in developing new techniques in proteomic research.

Advice from someone who's been there: "Someone with a WAM of 75 might be a better researcher than someone with a WAM of 95. It's about being able to think on your feet. It's about making good decisions. It's all about independence. It's much more important to be consistent and to be capable of hard work." More...

David Jacques - Biochemistry Graduate

David Jacques

Career path

Bachelor of Science (Advanced) (Hons) in Biochemistry and Chemistry
Completed his Doctor of Philosophy in Science (PhD) in 2011

David is currently an NHMRC Early Career Fellow working in the group of Dr Leo James at the Medical Research Council (MRC) Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, UK.

David on studying science: "In my mind science is a great big puzzle, and it's our job to solve it. Of the various sciences, I always felt the greatest mysteries were in the study of life, but the science central to life is chemistry." More...

Carling Chan - Master of Nutrition and Dietetics Graduate

Carling Chan

Career path

Master of Nutrition and Dietetics
Currently working as Research Dietitian in the Allergy Clinic at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital

Carling has a love of science that she applies to many other aspects of her life; such as her Heston Blumenthal-type approach to a much-loved hobby - cooking. She gets to experiment not only in the lab but in the kitchen as well!

Carling on the Master of Nutrition and Dietetics: "I didn't realise we were going to be lectured by so many prominent leaders in the field of dietetics. Many of ours lecturers are the ones who are making breakthrough discoveries and the ones we see and hear in the emdia so you really are being taught by the best." More...

Dr Hayley Griffin - Master of Nutrition and Dietetics Graduate

Hayley Griffin

Career path

Master of Nutrition and Dietetics
Completed her Doctor of Philosophy in Science (PhD) in 2010

Hayley has just submitted her PhD thesis at the University of Sydney and has been working as a Nutrition Project Officer with The Cancer Council NSW.

Advice from someone who’s been there: "This course provides an excellent opportunity to expand your skills and knowledge on food and human nutrition at a highly regarded institution. It doesn’t matter if you already know what kind of job you would like when you start. There is a range of employment and further leaning opportunities available to you at the end.” More...

Archa Fox - Molecular Genetics Graduate

Archa Fox

Career path

Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Molecular Genetics
Completed her Doctor of Philosophy in Science (PhD) in 2004

Currently running her own research lab in the Western Australian Institute for Medical Research (WAIMR) in Perth, WA.

Advice from someone who’s been there: "When I was an undergraduate I had little idea of just how accessible most scientists and research teams are. I never even contemplated asking for summer projects or asking if I could help out in the lab, but I wish now that I had, because it gives you a great chance to interact with others in a lab and get a good feeling for lab life. Now, on the other side, I know how impressed I am by a student showing a bit of enthusiasm and get up and go."More...

Hamish Clarke - Biochemistry and Neuroscience Graduate

Hamish Clarke

Career path

Combined Bachelor of Business/Bachelor of Arts in International Studies (UTS, 2001)
Bachelor of Science (Advanced) with first class Honours (USyd, 2006)

Currently working for the Dept of Environment and Climate Change as a Policy Officer, and a freelance science writer.

Advice from someone who’s been there: “Follow your interests - talk to people, ask a lot of questions, get involved. Don’t worry if yours is not a conventional path. You'll quickly learn what you like and what you're good at. Of course it helps to know that there are some really fantastic lecturers and academics here too. Apart from imparting knowledge and providing inspiration, they’re a fantastic resource to tap into - for ideas, advice and support.” More...

Kate Quinlan - Biochemistry and Genetics Graduate

Kate Quinlan

Career path

BSc (Honours) (Advanced) majoring in Biochemistry (School of Molecular and Microbial Biosciences) and Genetics (School of Biological Sciences).
Completed PhD in 2006
Currently a Postdoctoral Scientist in the Institute for Neuromuscular Research at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead.

Career Goal: Set up her own research lab and to be a University teacher both lecturing to undergraduate students and supervising honours and PhD students.

Advice from someone who’s been there: “I recommend choosing the subjects that you enjoy most throughout your university studies so that by the end of your degree you specialise in what you like most… as enjoying what you do is very important! If you are interested in a career in research I recommend trying to get some lab work experience. This is a great way of enhancing your studies as you put your lecture material into practise. Many Sydney University schools offer Talented Student Program (TSP) options where you can work in a lab for a few hours a week throughout the semester. There are also summer scholarships which allow you to work in a lab for 4-6 weeks over the summer break, OR you can simply approach a lab that is working on something that you are interested in and ask whether they would have any work experience or part time/holiday work available. Your options are endless!” More...

Leona Campbell - Microbiology Graduate

Leona Campbell

Career path

Bachelor of Science
Completed Honours in Microbiology in 2002
Completed PhD in 2006
Currently a post-doctoral fellow with the School of Medicine at Saint Louis University in Missouri, USA

Advice from someone who’s been there: "Don’t be discouraged by undergraduate laboratory classes. They are nothing to the reality of actually working in a research laboratory. Speak to your course coordinators, and don’t be afraid to approach your lecturers - most will be keen to talk to you about gaining work experience in a lab. Research takes commitment, the hours can be long, and experimental failure is always just around the corner. But the excitement of scientific exploration, and the knowledge that you may be the first to discover something, outweighs everything." More...

Flavia Fayet - Human Nutrition Graduate

Flavia Fayet

Career path

Bachelor of Science - University of Toronto, Canada
Master of Nutrition and Dietetics - University of Sydney
Completed 2005
Currently a Dietitian and PhD Candidate

A passion for preventative nutrition has taken her half way around the world. It also keeps her very busy, but that’s just the way Flavia likes it. More...

Marnie Blewitt - Molecular Biology and Genetics Graduate

Marnie Blewitt

Career path

Bachelor of Science (Molecular Biology & Genetics)
Majored in Biochemistry
Completed Honours in Biochemistry in 1999
Completed her Doctor of Philosophy in Science (PhD) in 2004
Currently a Peter Doherty Postdoctoral Fellow at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research in Melbourne.

Marnie’s Bachelor of Science (Molecular Biology & Genetics) took her outside the science realm when she first joined the workforce. In the end, this only confirmed that the laboratory was where she belonged. More...

Kristin Miller - Molecular Biotechnology and Microbiology Graduate

Kristin Miller

Career path

Bachelor of Science (Molecular Biotechnology)
Majored in Microbiology
Completed Honours in Microbiology in 2003
Worked as a Research Assistant
Currently a PhD Candidate

The same day she submitted her Honours thesis, Kristin saw the advertisement that led to her first full-time job as a science graduate. More...