Where are they now?
Senior clinical pharmacist, Melbourne Sexual Health Centre (MSHC), Alfred Health
MSHC is a service within Alfred Health for the management and prevention of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) aiming to improve sexual health through innovation and excellence in public health, education, clinical care and research. It provides a free pharmacy service. I have an interest in infectious diseases/HIV and completed a Master of Clinical Pharmacy involving a project looking at the impact of a pharmacist review at annual health checks in patients taking combination antiretroviral therapy. In my spare time, I enjoy trying out new cuisines while travelling, and reading crime novels.
Formulation development chemist, Nufarm Australia Limited
I did the double degree to include chemical engineering and formulation science – not many of the graduates realise all the career path options available with a pharmaceutical sciences degree. That’s why I try to attend many of the Monash networking nights with the postgrad students, or be included on the alumni discussion panels for the faculty’s Open Day event. The company I now work for, Nufarm, is one of the world's leading crop protection and specialist seeds companies. We produce products to help farmers protect their crops against damage caused by weeds, pests and disease – we do our research and really take into account customer needs.
Senior research analytical chemist, Racing Analytical Services Limited
My role involves method development and validation for supplements research and metabolomics. We research and test for the various racing codes – looking at new drugs coming onto the market that could be potentially used for performance-enhancing effects. For example, there's a novel class of drugs called selective androgen receptor modulators (SARMs), used to help elderly people maintain muscle mass. These new research chemicals are a popular performance-enhancing drug (PED) for the bodybuilding and racing industry, so I develop and validate methods to detect these novel drugs. I also assist Australian Customs and Border Protection in identifying unknown substances entering the country. And the last part of my job role is to supervise a supplements-testing program, which certifies supplements free of the World Anti-Doping Agency’s code of banned substances for athlete use.
Regulatory compliance coordinator, Aesop
Since graduation I held various roles at Aesop, who develop a range of skin, hair and body care products. While I was studying I heard a guest speaker talking about regulatory compliance, and I was so impressed I thought that’s the area I want to go into. We have a few Monash graduates who specialised in formulation science working here. One of my career highlights was a one-month placement in Aesop’s Japan office. Outside of work, I enjoy learning languages and travelling and I’m passionate about the welfare of refugees there are a couple of detention centres for asylum seekers and refugees in Melbourne that I often visit.
Dr Natalie Vihn
Professional Development Program (PDP) scientist, Pfizer
After I did my Bachelor of Medicinal Chemistry, I continued on to complete honours and a PhD at Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences (MIPS). My PhD research focused on the design and synthesis of anti-inflammatory drugs. Between 2014–16, I was a research fellow at MIPS, primarily working on the synthesis of inhibitors of aminopeptidases as anti-malarial drugs. Now I’m on the PDP as a scientist at Pfizer.
BPharm(Hons), MPharmPrac 2013
Clinical pharmacist at Angliss Hospital Eastern Health
After graduating, I worked at a Priceline Pharmacy in Carrum Downs. In 2007, I worked on a health education teaching project with the Volunteer Service in Nepal (VSN), a Nepali NGO, providing sustainable assistance to disadvantaged women, children and young adults. I’m now at Eastern Health and, like a few of my fellow graduates at our recent 10-year reunion, have been on maternity leave. My interests are in volunteer or professional health promotion and health education.
On a personal level, I love dance.
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