Mona is on a mission to make an impact on public health outcomes by combining her two career passions: health sciences and law.
Beginning her Bachelor of Biomedicine in 2012, Mona quickly established a foundation of knowledge before choosing to major in microbiology.
Learning about infectious diseases was one of my favourite parts of the Biomedicine foundational subjects. I enjoyed learning about microorganisms, the intricate mechanisms they have evolved to grow and spread, and how our understanding of such mechanisms enables us to develop medicines to save lives.
After completing her undergraduate degree, Mona was inspired to study law.
“It plays to my strengths – English and languages were always my best subjects in school, and I have enjoyed reading and writing since I was very young,” she says. “Secondly, I realised that I could use my background in health sciences, combined with an understanding of the law, to help make an impact on public health outcomes particularly in the areas of intellectual property law, health policy and medical negligence.”
During her law degree, Mona did an internship at the McCabe Centre for Law and Cancer, part of the Cancer Council Victoria, and is now working as a law graduate at Herbert Smith Freehills, a major global commercial law firm.