After completing a Master of Biotechnology at RMIT, Angela Peng started her career as a research assistant in a busy laboratory within a world leading cancer research and treatment centre.
Research Assistant in the Cancer Development and Treatment Laboratory Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
At RMIT I completed a bioinformatics research group project and work placement at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre where I gained insight into how a real-life research laboratory operates.
I completed a Master of Biotechnology at RMIT. The lecturers and demonstrators were fantastic and provided great support. The skills I gained throughout my education at RMIT were all work-relevant.
The leap from university to the workplace was relatively easy – which is a reflection of how well RMIT prepares students for work.
During my studies I completed a bioinformatics research group project and work placement at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre where I gained insight into how a real-life research laboratory operates.
The job-seeker environment is competitive, however completing work experience while studying definitely gave me an advantage. It also provided a valuable networking experience.
After graduating I landed a role as a research assistant in the Cancer Development and Treatment Laboratory at Peter Mac.
The environment at RMIT was wonderful. Group assignments and paired laboratory work prepared me well for my current role where I provide support to my colleagues.
I also gained skills in independent research – something I really value that has come in handy as there are often situations where experiments don’t work out as planned and troubleshooting is required.
I am intrigued by the evolving nature of research – and cancer research in particular. One of the tasks I enjoy most as a scientist in the lab is tumour harvesting and processing.
Every day is a little bit different: one day I could be on the computer entering data and other days I’m at the bench performing wet lab work. I might have the whole day planned out, but if a mouse becomes ill, it requires my immediate attention above all else.
Peter Mac is a great institute to work for and the motto; ‘from bench to bedside’ is very accurate. As a research institute within a hospital, researchers tend to stay grounded and focused.
Days are long and sometimes things don’t work as planned, however being this close to patients is a constant reminder of why the long hours and challenges are completely worth it.