With a keen interest in the body’s immune system, it was his high school Biology teacher that inspired Ryan to pursue biomedical science. Ryan has had the opportunity to work at the Walter Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research (WEHI) within the immunology division as part of his Biomedicine degree and this has cemented this passion.
"The Bachelor of Biomedicine is challenging - but immensely rewarding and engaging,” says Ryan, recipient of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology’s 2nd Year Prize for top student (2019).
Dux of his high school, Ryan was a Kwong Lee Dow Young Scholarship recipient and made the Dean's Honours List in first year, achieving the top 3% of his cohort. In 2019 he was awarded a Metcalf Scholarship based on academic merit, to support his research at WEHI.
“As part of the immunogenetics research team at WEHI, I study the molecular and cellular basis of heritable immunodeficiencies. My research has taught me many techniques, including peripheral blood mononuclear cell isolation, DNA extraction, and flow cytometry,” says Ryan.
In 2020, Ryan will be involved in the inaugural Melbourne Peer Mentoring Program and mentor first year Biomedicine students.
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