Ryan Munnings, Peer Mentor

Third year BBMED student, basketball coach and immunology researcher

Do you have any plans for what you’d like to do after you graduate?

I am planning to do an Honours year in Medical Biology next year with my current supervisor at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research (WEHI). After that I am considering doing a PhD (in Immunology) or an MD at the Melbourne Medical School.

What was your transition to UoM like?

My transition from high school was difficult at times as I didn’t know anyone and didn’t know what to expect.

I wanted to become a peer mentor so that I could offer guidance to new undergrads who are facing the same new challenges I did, and hopefully help kick-start an immensely engaging and rewarding university experience.

Why is the School – and the biomedical precinct – a great place to study and work?

It is a uniquely rewarding learning environment. I am currently working at WEHI and feel incredibly privileged to be able to contribute to the cutting-edge immunology research that is providing patients with better clinical outcomes and overall quality of life.

What advice would you give to a new undergraduate?

Go out of your way to make new friends as early as possible.

For more about Ryan’s BBMED experience and his research at WEHI, to meet some of our other students and find out where our incredible graduates are now, go to Meet Our Talent.

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The Melbourne Peer Mentor Program

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