SBS Career Roundtable Breakfast

The School of Biomedical Sciences' Career Roundtable Breakfast will help final-year Biomedicine students decide what's next after they graduate.

Graduating university is an overwhelming prospect for many undergraduate students. With a plethora of options available, planning the next steps into full-time work or further study can be both exciting and intimidating after years of hard work and study.

To assist students with these decisions, the School of Biomedical Sciences will host its first Career Roundtable Breakfast on 14 August 2019. By connecting final year Biomedicine students with School alumni, the event aims to highlight the range of career and study pathways following a Bachelor of Biomedicine.

Alumni from a range of professions both within and outside of the health sciences will share their career tips and advice with students. Students will also have the opportunity to have their career and study questions answered by alumni in small groups.

The line-up of participating alumni includes:

Peter Nguyen - PhD Candidate, University of Melbourne

Orginally, Peter had planned to to complete his Biomedicine degree in the School of Biomedical Sciences, and proceed down the traditional medicine pathway, specialising in oncology or general practice. Realising the opportunities that were available to him, Peter chose instead to focus on cancer research and plans to pursue medicine at a later stage in his career.

Peter completed an Honours program in the Department of General Practice and is now doing his PhD at the University of Melbourne Centre for Cancer Research in the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre, part of the largest biomedical precinct in the southern hemisphere. He is inspired by the passionate people he works with the opportunities to meet and collaborate with international researchers in his field.

Nicholas Gheradin - Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Godfrey Laboratory, Peter Doherty Institute

After completing a Bachelor of Biomedicine at the University of Melbourne in 2010, majoring in Immunology and pathology, Nick enrolled in an Honours year through the Department of Microbiology and Immunology. Here, Nick developed a passion for lab-based research, and subsequently undertook a PhD between the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Melbourne and the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. Nick’s PhD studies focussed on human T cell immunology, including the fundamental biology of a family of ‘unconventional T cells’, and their role in the haematological malignancy multiple myeloma. During these studies Nick built on the solid foundational knowledge gained during his undergraduate studies in Biomedicine to attain a diverse skillset in translational immunology, cellular immunology, biochemistry and molecular biology.

Nick currently runs his own research program as a postdoctoral fellow within the Godfrey Lab at the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity. Nick’s work focuses on the biology of unconventional T cells including MR1-restricted MAIT cells, CD1-restricted T-cells and gamma-delta T-cells, exploring their antigen-recognition, effector function, and their roles in cancer.

Dr Wendy Huang - General Dentist, St Helens Dental

Wendy graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Biomedicine (2013) and a Doctor of Dental Surgery (2017). She gained invaluable experience by practising in various public and private clinics in Melbourne before relocating to the beautiful state of Tasmania. She has been practising as a general dentist at St Helens Dental since 2018.

During her Biomedicine degree, she majored in genetics and had an exchange at McGill University, Canada. While Wendy was studying at the University of Melbourne, she lived on campus at Ormond College and was the recipient of the Ormond Scholar Award in 2014, as well as the Sir Harold Dew Medical Scholarship in 2015, 2016 and 2017.She also won the Melbourne Global Mobility Scholarship in 2012 and was appointed as the University’s Dental Ambassador to promote dental health in local communities from 2013-2017.

Wendy is passionate about community engagement and dental health promotion. Since her relocation to St Helens, she has been involved in bringing dental care to the local aged care home and treating the needy patients within the facility. She also engages with the local schools for dental health promotion and preventive care for children. Wendy is currently registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Dental Agency and a member of the Australian Dental Association.

Phoebe Ling - Team Lead and Senior Consultant, Cerner Corporation

Phoebe is a Team Lead and Senior Consultant at Cerner Corporation - a leading health information technology company with a strong footprint in Australia, with over 70% of Australians having a Cerner electronic health record. Phoebe completed Bachelor of Biomedicine (Honours) degree in the University of Melbourne in 2012. She spent her early career in research at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, focusing on metastatic breast cancer and has published in many scientific journals including Breast Cancer Research, The Journal of Pathology and Oncotarget.

Since joining Cerner in 2015, she has taken on different roles to support, manage and lead the implementation of several large clinical transformation projects that help Australian hospitals transition from paper-based charts to EMR (electronic medical record) and digitise their clinical workflows, including Western Health, Alfred Health, Eastern Health and Monash Health.

In 2017, she led the largest implementation of Cerner’s genomics platform for all state-owned genetics labs across South Australia.

Tal Maman - Final Year Juris Doctor (Law) student, University of Melbourne

In 2016, Tal graduated the Bachelor of Biomedicine with a major in Immunology. Having sampled from several legal breadth subjects in his undergraduate degree, Tal developed a passion for the law. He is now in the final semester of the Juris Doctor at the University of Melbourne.

The intersection between science and the law has always intrigued Tal, and so he found himself naturally attracted to Intellectual Property. In June, Tal had the opportunity to complete a clerkship within the Intellectual Property team at Ashurst, a top tier international law firm. His knowledge about the immune system and its fight against pathogens became very valuable when he was tasked with filing and opposing pharmaceutical patents for the invention of novel drugs and technology. Tal acknowledges that it was particularly empowering to be one of the few in the large firm with specialist biomedical expertise that could be applied to the fascinating legal issues surrounding the protection of medical discoveries.

Among other things, Tal has also worked as a paralegal within the banking, construction and criminal law practice areas at different law firms.

Monica Nation - Epidemiologist, Murdoch Children's Research Institute

Monica completed her Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences in 2009, before working as a quality control microbiologist at a pharmaceutical company for two years. In 2012, Monica undertook an Honours year based at Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI), investigating the microbiological outcomes of a clinical trial using a probiotic treatment for infant colic (excessive crying of unknown cause).

Monica has worked as an epidemiologist/research assistant at MCRI for over six years, where she conducts laboratory work and data analysis on Streptococcus pneumoniae carriage studies and clinical trials being undertaken in low and middle-income countries, with the aim of improving surveillance, prevention and treatment strategies for pneumonia. To apply her background as a microbiologist with public health, Monica completed a Master of Epidemiology in 2018.

Sarah Parkinson - Physiotherapist, Back in Motion Physiotherapy

Sarah is passionate about empowering people to achieve their health goals by providing her clients with holistic advice, specific exercises and practical tools to assist their self-management, alongside hands-on treatment. She also loves sharing her passion for human anatomy and physiology to assist her clients in better understanding their conditions. 

Sarah has particular interest in the treatment and rehabilitation of low back, neck and knee pain, having completed further training in lumbo-pelvic dysfunction and Clinical Pilates. She has varied experience as a sports trainer in the Victorian Amateur Football Association, and through eye-opening volunteer placements in Vanuatu, India and Cambodia. Sarah's passion for improving both local and global healthcare has led her to a position on the Australian Physiotherapy Association Victorian Branch Council, where she represents all recently graduated physiotherapists in Victoria. 

Alongside physiotherapy, Sarah is strong advocate for the role all individuals can play, personally and/or corporately, in addressing the triple challenges of climate change, inequality and poverty, and volunteers in the global poverty and sustainability space.

Ruo Bing Wu - Graduate Optometrist, Specsavers

Ruo is a first-year graduate Optometrist working at Specsavers. His role involves conducting routine eye examinations, treating patients with anterior eye diseases, screening patients with diabetes and detection of diabetic retinopathy, co-management with ophthalmologist of posterior eye diseases including the most common conditions: Glaucoma and Macular Degeneration, paediatric optometry including binocular and vision problems, providing refractive error correction with optical aid including glasses and or soft contact lenses, seeing patients referred from General Practitioners and school nurses with visual concerns...  And the list goes on!

Viet Bui - Nurse, NorthWestern Mental Health

Viet is a post-graduate nurse in mental health at NorthWestern Mental Health, more specifically old age psychiatry. He finished his Bachelor of Biomedicine (Honours) in 2014 and Master of Nursing Science in 2016 at the University of Melbourne. In 2017 and 2018, Viet further improved his clinical nursing skills with two graduate nursing programs in medical/surgical and mental health with the Royal Melbourne Hospital and NorthWestern Mental Health. Viet has an interest in experimental neuroscience, through involvement with one of the laboratories at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health. Viet hopes to utilise his clinical experience for quality-improvement research through a PhD program one day.

Final year Biomedicine students interested in attending the Career Roundtable Breakfast can register here.