Meet our inspiring alumni

Meet Taylah

Embarking on a Master of Biomedical Science, Taylah chose the University of Melbourne for the course structure of the Masters degree – and because of the University’s affiliations with world-class research institutes like the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity.

“I am focused on a career in research, specifically genomics, and the Master of Biomedical Science had a large research component but the flexibility of choosing discipline-specific subjects from a range of different departments… and it provides me with incredible learning opportunities across disciplines in infectious disease,” she says.

Taylah reflects that writing and submitting her 20,000 worded Master thesis has been both the most challenging and rewarding aspect of her postgraduate experience so far.

“My thesis represents so much more than the project itself – it’s two years of learning about a whole field of research, reading countless journal articles, learning a tonne of new skills and symbolises a lot of personal growth.”

Taylah has now started the first year of her PhD in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology within the Doherty Institute. Her research project aims to investigate factors driving Strep A disease in Indigenous Australians within the Northern Territory.

As a member of both WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) Unimelb and POSSIIM (Postgraduate Student Society for Infection and Immunity), making great connections has been a highlight throughout her studies.

The School of Biomedical Sciences gives great emphasis to the incredible females in science our University has – it is really motivating and inspiring to see so many women within SBS excel.

Her advice for future students: "For those thinking about postgraduate studies, reach out and talk to as many students and laboratory heads as possible to get a sense as to how you would fit into that research project and group... don’t underestimate your abilities, work hard but give yourself plenty of breaks and time to rest and recharge.”

Taylah James
Bachelor of Science (Microbiology and Immunology) → Master of Biomedical Science (Microbiology and Immunology) → PhD at the Doherty Institute (Microbiology and Immunology)