Having just returned from a six-month internship in France, Nicole Smitran has a head start in her journey to find work as a microbiologist when she graduates.
Master of Biotechnology (Clinical Microbiology)
The Master of Biotechnology at RMIT provided an opportunity for me to undertake a six-month intensive, hands-on research internship at the Bordeaux Institute of Technology in France.
After graduating with a Bachelor of Biomedical Science and working in the field I developed a passion for microbiology and decided to gain specialised knowledge in this area. RMIT offered the exact type of Master’s program that I was looking for.
RMIT offers industry experience opportunities in both clinical and research settings for Biotechnology students – which is important for future job prospects after graduation.
The Master of Biotechnology at RMIT provided an opportunity for me to undertake a six-month intensive, hands-on research internship at the Bordeaux Institute of Technology (BIT) in France. BIT is one of the most highly respected graduate schools in France, comprising five national engineering schools specialised in Biotechnology and Engineering-Bioscience teaching.
I was privileged to work with an incredible team of senior scientists conducting research at the school, investigating the early stages of bacterial biofilm formation in cystic fibrosis patients using molecular techniques.
I performed a broad range of laboratory experiments in multidisciplinary aspects of our research project and consulted with experts in microbiology and molecular biology on a daily basis.
Throughout my studies I’ve gained both theoretical knowledge as well as the fundamental laboratory skills that are necessary to succeed as a scientist. I’ve become more confident and ready to take on challenges in the workplace.
I’m currently working for a small biotechnology company in Queensland developing innovative products.
Like all scientists, I wish to make a big contribution to mankind and discover something that could make the world a better place.
I love what I do because when I look under the microscope I realise how incredible life really is.