Jake Collie’s success as an undergraduate in RMIT’s Bachelor of Applied Sciences (Honours) degree created a pathway for him to move directly into a PhD in the biomedical sciences.
PhD (Biomedical Science)
Facilities, such as the mass spectrometry equipment, have been vital to my research and will continue to be used throughout my studies.
I was honoured when my supervisor approached me to discuss potential PhD research opportunities at the completion of my undergraduate degree.
I had been thinking about my future aspirations and wanted to immerse myself into a scientific field of which I had no previous involvement. My supervisor knew of what I wanted and offered me an opportunity to work with the Austin hospital’s Intensive Care Unit researching the role of Vitamin B1 in the critically ill. I knew that vitamins would have an impact on future developments in the health and medical sectors of research. It was exactly what I had been looking for.
RMIT’s facilities are excellent. If I require instrumentation or expertise which isn’t provided in my school there is always access to what you need from one of RMIT’s numerous other disciplinary areas. Facilities, such as the mass spectrometry equipment, have been vital to my research and will continue to be used throughout my studies.
I’ve had opportunities to attend conferences including the 2016 Australasian Association of Clinical Biochemists in Brisbane. It was great to showcase my work and to get early feedback, and to network with fellow researchers.