Singapore-based alumnus Benjamin recently completed his PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
We caught up with him to hear about his journey at Monash from undergrad to doctorate, and how his study experiences have shaped him to be a confident individual, with a deep passion to make change in the world.
Tell us about your study experience. What was your minor/major? Did you have a favourite unit that you studied? I started my Monash University journey with a Bachelor in Biomedical Science. Within that period, I did a "mini-honours" project where I was mentored by my supervisor, who taught me the importance and excitement of research in making a positive impact on today's global challenges. I then completed my honours in Biomedical Science in 2015, followed by a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in 2022.
What was the highlight of your Monash experience? The main highlights were meeting like-minded people, being part of a community of supporters championing life-changing outcomes, learning new things, and meeting a great mentor.
If you could give your graduate self one piece of career advice, what would it be and why? Start a LinkedIn account as soon as possible, to build your global network and a strong connectivity to the business community! Begin socialising with peers and lecturers, as they will help with your future progress and mentor you to reach greater heights.
Tell us about your experience since leaving Monash: how has your career progressed to date? Any professional achievements you’d like to share? Since leaving Monash University, I have contributed to COVID-19 testing, and research in ground-breaking studies looking to differentiate cancer metastatic types. Currently, I am researching new cancer diagnostic tools revolving around women's health.
How has your Monash education opened doors for you to make change in the world? The education I received was not limited to academics. It included social, emotional and mental education, which provided me with a greater sense of purpose, a truly global outlook, and confidence to make positive change.
Was there someone you met at Monash who impacted you/ helped you change the way you see the world? Associate Professor Lee Wong. She was a great mentor who pushed me to heights I did not dream possible. She saw me for what I was worth and capable of, and honed my talents. Without her, I would not have achieved what I have today.
What advice would you give to a recent Monash graduate who is hoping to build their career in the same industry? Have a hunger to achieve more. Know what you want. This may change in the future and that is okay.
Did you have a favourite spot on campus? Why does this place stand out to you? The lake by the residence halls, watching the ducks paddle around. It's serene and calming after a long day at the Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute.