Lynnmaria NazarethThe School of Chemistry & Molecular Biosciences wishes to congratulate Master of Biotechnology (Advanced) students Lynnmaria Nazareth and Lorraine Gunnion for being awarded bursaries to support their studies.

The bursaries were awarded in September 2011 on the basis of the students' academic excellence.

Lorraine completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Manipal, a close partner of The University of Queensland.

She is now in her third semester of study at UQ, and she’s loving it!

This semester Lorraine is undertaking full-time research with the Mater Medical Research Institute, which undertakes a wide range of fundamental and clinical research.

“I’ve been researching cancer biology, which is an interesting challenge because I had mostly worked on biofuels in the past,” said Lorraine.

"I would say the best part about the program at UQ is the fact that students are given the chance to work on such a wide range of research projects and learn from such talented researchers."

Lorraine is not sure what she wants to do in the future, but she’s confident that her qualification from The University of Queensland will prepare her well for any future career in biotechnology.

As for Lynnmaria (pictured), the choice to undertake her program at UQ was easy.

"Not only is it one of the best Universities in Australia, but also the best for biotechnology," she said.

She points to the fact that UQ is home to world class research institutes such as the Institute for Molecular Bioscience, the Queensland Brain Institute, the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology and the Diamantina Institute, accommodating some of the world's best researchers utilising cutting edge technology.

"With my interest lying with research, applying to UQ was a natural choice," said Lynmarria.

"I think every moment at UQ has been a learning experience for me.

"The course work was amazing giving me knowledge about the commercial and regulatory aspects of biotechnology."

Lynnmaria said that the highlight of her study program was the research project she undertook.

"A year-long project at the School of Biological Sciences studying insulin gene expression in Caenorhabditis elegans, gave me a hands on experience of working in a research environment.

"I learnt various aspects right from designing an experiment, trouble shooting, various techniques and also how to co-ordinate with different people.

"And now with my second project at the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, I truly feel privileged to be working besides some of the best minds."

Lynnmaria observed that the Biotechnology and Molecular Biology programs are very flexible, giving students not only a strong knowledge of industry needs, but allowing students to take courses in their particular area of interest.

"You will be exposed to what’s happening in biotechnology with guest lectures from people working in the industry as well researchers from different institutes.

"The Professors are also very friendly and you are always encouraged to ask questions and interact.

"All in all it’s a wonderful experience and I am so glad to have made my decision to study at UQ!” she said

To find out about scholarships for Indian students to study postgraduate courswork programs in Biotechnology or Molecular Biology, visit the scholarships web page.

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