Aneeka Ratwatte

Aneeka Ratwatte

Aneeka Ratwatte

  • Student type: International
  • Degree type: Masters
  • Year commenced: 2018
  • Degree(s): Master of Biomedical and Health Science

Master of Biomedical and Health Science

“Aneeka Ratwatte’s biggest motivation to study biomedical science came from her own personal medical struggles. At the age of 15, she was diagnosed with Steven Johnson Syndrome, a rare and serious disorder of the skin and mucous membrane caused by a reaction to medication. After a long and difficult recovery, Aneeka chose to be proactive and established the ‘Aneeka Ratwatte Trust Fund’, which helps to spread awareness about the condition in her home country of Sri Lanka.

“The way in which the human body works and adapts itself to every situation fascinates me. I believe that the opportunity to save and change lives is one not to be taken for granted.”

With a passion for learning and an eagerness to help others, Aneeka went on to study a Bachelor of Medical Bioscience at Monash University Malaysia. It was during those three years, Aneeka gained a greater understanding of human disease and discovered her passion for medical research.

Her next move was to Monash’s Melbourne campus where she is currently studying the Master of Biomedical and Health Science. Aneeka chose to continue her studies at Monash based on the excellent biomedical and health sciences program and strong research focus.

“I believe that research is of great importance and I’m looking forward to being part of Monash’s cutting-edge research breakthroughs into human disease.”

For Aneeka, the most enjoyable aspect of her degree so far is being part of a small and diverse cohort, and bonding with students from different cultural and educational backgrounds. She also enjoys the interactive mode of delivery, practical sessions and hands-on lab work.

Having already visited Melbourne on holiday and as part of a semester abroad as an undergraduate, Aneeka found the move to Australia fairly easy. Especially as she was able to move with her best friends.

“The experience of settling in Melbourne was exciting. The transition was made easier moving with my friends as we all faced this new environment together and were able to help each other in the process of settling down.”

Aneeka hopes to pursue a career in medical research, where she can help people back in her home country.

“The knowledge and skills that I’m learning in this degree will help me play a part in developing more effective methods of diagnosis and treatment of many life-threatening conditions.”

Learn more about the Master of Biomedical and Health Science