Lachlan Coff believes one of the most valuable things he’s gained while studying the Bachelor of Science has been an understanding of the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration.
Bachelor of Science (Dean’s Scholar) (Honours)
We are set to enter into a biotechnology era as genetic medicine and genetic engineering are predicted to combat many of the world’s future problems.
Science provides real solutions to world problems. I’ve always been passionate about biology and practical applications of knowledge and biotechnology encompasses both of those things. We are set to enter into a biotechnology era as genetic medicine and genetic engineering are predicted to combat many of the world’s future problems.
On a visit to RMIT’s Open Day, I was impressed by the facilities and appreciated the emphasis that was placed on practical learning and industry connections. Current students explained in detail the university environment and what their programs had to offer. The program at RMIT also offered me more specific pathways than other universities and the Dean’s Scholar program provides excellent research experience.
As a student I’ve participated in experiments at the NanoBiotechnology Research Laboratory in the School of Applied Sciences, and I’ve learned how to use a scanning electron microscope at the RMIT Microscopy and Microanalysis Facility.
The microbiology course was both fun and interesting; here I learned how to isolate and identify microorganisms, which are often essential in genetic engineering and other aspects of biotechnology.
Using advanced equipment and working with different materials has highly developed my genetic, microbiology and chemical laboratory skills. One of the most valuable skills I have gained has been in interdisciplinary collaboration and the understanding of its importance.
During a course which required that I participate in the group meetings of various research teams, I gained a real insight into how interdisciplinary research groups operate. The experience also improved my practical laboratory skills, deepened my theoretical knowledge in a range of scientific disciplines and exposed me to new technologies and research.