SBS Career Roundtable Breakfast 2023

Give your career a head start with firsthand insights from our diverse Bachelor of Biomedicine alumni. Register now.

Life Beyond Biomedicine - Where will your career take you?

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Whether you're driven to become a doctor, a clinical researcher, surgeon, biomedical engineer, physiotherapist, dentist - or another type of healthcare professional – or whether you aren’t quite sure what lies ahead just yet…this networking breakfast is not to be missed!

We've put together an array  Bachelor of Biomedicine graduates to share their journey with you: lessons learned and the things they underestimated when thinking about and working on their own career path.

As part of the  University of Melbourne's Employability Week initiatives, the School of Biomedical Sciences Careers Breakfast will give current Bachelor of Biomedicine students the chance to learn: what helped along the way? what has kept them motivated? how have they navigated any early career hurdles? what does a typical work day involve?

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Planning your next steps into full-time work or further study can be exciting and daunting after studying Biomedicine. What’s next? What’s possible? Here's how to arm yourself with knowledge from people who have walked the path before you. It's an opportunity to ask them questions directly and in-person, not to mention a chance to catch up with your cohort on campus over a free breakfast!

  • Life Beyond Biomedicine: Where will your career take you?
  • Wednesday 22 March 2023
  • 7:45-9:30am
  • The Woodward Centre, Level 10, 185 Pelham St, Carlton VIC 3053 (Melbourne Law School)
  • This is a free event which includes breakfast

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You will hear from and have the opportunity to talk with:


Mariana Lauretta

Research Assistant | Associate Genetic Counsellor | Speech Pathologist

Mariana Lauretta is a Bachelor of Biomedicine graduate (2017) and went on to complete a Master of Speech Pathology and Master of Genetic Counselling at the University of Melbourne. Mariana has previously worked in speech pathology private practice, before commencing as a clinician-researcher at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. Combining her skills as a Speech Pathologist and Associate Genetic Counsellor, Mariana currently works in a research clinic that provides genetic testing for children with severe speech sound disorders. 


Dr Vicky Chen


Vicky completed a Bachelor of Biomedicine in 2015 and subsequently a Doctor of Medicine. Highlights of her undergraduate years include going on a semester exchange to University College London, undertaking fine arts breadth subjects at the VCA and participating in interdisciplinary clubs and societies. The Biomedicine degree gave her the freedom to consider a variety of career trajectories, all the while strengthening her interest in the health sciences. In the 3 years since finishing her medical degree, Vicky has been working as a junior doctor at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, Royal Women's Hospital and Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. Some of her favourite rotations include intensive care, cardiothoracic surgery, obstetrics & gynaecology and surgical oncology..


Naomi Sutanto

Publisher | Science Team Lead

Naomi completed a Bachelor of Biomedicine and then a Master of Engineering (Biomedical) at Melbourne. During her final year of study she was involved in running STEM workshops for primary and high school students. This led Naomi to explore careers in education, and she has spent the past six years working in the educational publishing industry. In her current role at Cambridge University Press & Assessment Naomi manages the publication of blended print and digital science resources for Years 7 to 12 teachers and students. Naomi is currently in her final year  the Master of Teaching at the University of Melbourne and looks forward starting teaching in 2024.


Charlotte Ramage

Executive Manager (Health and Government)

Charlotte holds a Bachelor of Biomedicine and a Master of Public Health from the University of Melbourne. She currently works as an Executive Manager in Quantium’s Health and Government practice and has over 10 years’ experience in government, health and social services settings. Passionate about supporting health and government systems to improve the lives of Australians, Charlotte is an expert in supporting organisations to make better use of data and has led data strategy projects for Commonwealth and Victorian departments and agencies. Prior to working at Quantium, Charlotte worked at the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, developing national data standards and with the clinical team at Babylon health, a UK-based organisation dedicated to making high-quality healthcare accessible and affordable.

Dr Kelsey Turner

Anaesthetic Registrar

Kelsey began her career pathway with a Bachelor of Biomedicine (2014) and an honours year followed by the Doctor of Medicine. She is currently working as an Anaesthetic Registrar within the North Western branch of the Victorian Anaesthetic Training Scheme. Outside of work, Kelsey is currently studying for her part two examination - and training to complete a half marathon in netflix consumption!


Brendan Lacota

Social Impact Leader | Lawyer

Brendan completed a Bachelor of Biomedicine followed by a Juris Doctor at the University of Melbourne. With over a decade's experience in both the community and private sectors, Brendan is a leader in designing innovative ways to provide community services. He advises on the intersection of service design, technology, and governance. Brendan currently leads ANZ's flagship social impact programs throughout Australia, Pacific, Asia, and New Zealand as well as providing independent consulting services for not-for-profit and for-purpose entities.


Dr Hui-Fern Koay

Postdoctoral Fellow

Fern completed her PhD in 2017 in Professor Dale Godfrey's lab,  investigating the development and function of unconventional T cells, in particular, NKT and MAIT cells. She now works an ARC DECRA Fellow at the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity. By securing competitive funding, Fern has continued her research, extending upon innate-like T cell development, homeostasis, subsets and their functional diversity, with a view to harness these unconventional immune cells in a variety of disease settings and immunotherapies. She regularly presents at international and national conferences and is a visiting scholar to Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School. Her work has been recognised by awards including the American Association of Immunologists (AAI) Immunology 2020 Thermo Fisher Trainee Achievement Award and the 2022 L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women In Science Fellowship. She is an early career leader who is passionate about communicating science through Day of Immunology and National Science Week roles.


Debby Purnama

Physiotherapist & Founder of Livewell Health

Debby completed a Doctor of Physiotherapy after doing a Bachelor of Biomedicine (Neuroscience) at Melbourne. After 8 years in private practice and community-based experiences, she gained a thorough understanding of pre- and post-operative rehabilitation, effective pain management and spinal rehabilitation. Debby founded Livewell Health and provides personalised health solutions to clients. Recently, she has been working closely with local badminton clubs and players to improve wellbeing and performance. Debby enjoys spending time with her family, catching up with friends over coffee, exploring new places, playing badminton, reading and painting - she says these are her 'ikigai'.


Tom Clarke

Emergency Dentist

Bio details to follow soon!

Read more about some of our inspiring alumni in our 'Meet our Talent' series.

This event will be hosted by Head of School Professor Jennifer Wilkinson-Berka and Biomedicine Program Director A/Professor James Ziogas.

Professor Jenny Wilkinson-Berka

Head of School, Professor Wilkinson-Berka is a world authority on diabetic retinopathy and oxygen-induced retinopathy. Her pre-clinical research led to a discovery that the blockade of the hormone angiotensin II reduces retinal vascular disease, and this research contributed to the world’s largest clinical trial evaluating angiotensin II inhibition in diabetic retinopathy. Learn more

A/Professor James Ziogas

Biomedicine Program Director, Associate Professor Ziogas helps oversee research in molecular, cellular and tissue actions of drugs and utilising animal models of disease that can lead to clinical studies. He helps ensure students learn both theoretical and practical pharmacological principles essential for drug discovery and development.
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