Krishna Chaitanya

Master of Clinical Embryology

Why did you decide to study at Monash University?

When my friends started to pursue Postgraduate Medicine, I decided to explore other opportunities like Reproductive Medicine, Stem Cell Therapy and Palliative Care. As no universities in India offered training in these areas at the time, I started to play with the idea of studying overseas. After extensive research, I decided to apply for a place at Monash as it provided a variety of opportunities, not only from a clinical but also from a Research and Development perspective.

What was your highlight?

I can write an essay about my orientation experience and how it became the best time of my life. The program is still fresh in my mind and an amazing experience which helped me deal with my loneliness and the initial culture shock.

Did you have any opportunities to complete work experiences or placements?

After completing my Master’s, I had the opportunity of doing summer internships at various institutes around the world including Cornell University (US), McGill University (Canada), South Hampton University (UK) and the NHU research institute for reproductive medicine in Singapore. It is difficult to get an opportunity in places like these and my Monash degree definitely helped.

How did your studies at Monash contribute to your career?

My Monash degrees have helped me go a long way in my career. I started as a Lab Manager as the course had equipped me to lead a team and train others (usually people start either as a trainee or a Jr. Embryologist). Since graduating, I have been instrumental in setting up several stand-alone IVF units around India and establishing new IVF treatments like Vitrification, Pre-implantation Genetic screening and IVM. At the age of only 33, I’m now the Scientific Head and Clinical Embryologist at Oasis Centre for Reproductive Medicine where I lead 15 Embryologists and Andrologists for all Oasis centres where close to 150 procedures are performed per month. My journey with this organization have been phenomenal and the all credit goes to everything I have learned at Monash.

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