Student Profile - Miriel Ho

Miriel is a PhD student at the Australian Centre for Blood Diseases and she is researching the relationship between bone and bone marrow interface with haematopoiesis. Her supervisors are Professor Hatem Salem and Professor Robert Medcalf.

What is your research about?

My research uses a biological scaffold to study the development of bone and bone marrow.

How long have you been at Monash, and what is your favourite thing about being a PhD student?

I have been a Monash student since 2006. Some of my favourite things as a student is getting to play with the reagents and other cool equipment, as well as interacting with fellow PhD students in the other labs.

Who is your supervisor and what is your favourite thing about them?

My main supervisors are Professor Hatem Salem and Professor Robert Medcalf who are both very approachable and down to earth individuals.

Where was the last place you travelled to and why?

I went to Vienna last August to attend a haematology conference and it was great!

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

You wouldn't believe this, but I was so fascinated with ancient Egypt that I wanted to become an Egyptologist to discover new pyramids and the cool stuff inside them.

What do you like doing in your free time?


I like to be my mum's assistant when she cooks, especially if it involves baking cakes or cookies.

What will you do when you finish your PhD?

Perhaps travel around Europe, especially Austria as it is incredibly beautiful!