Marion Bichet

Marion Bichet

Marion Bichet

  • Student type: International
  • Degree type: PhD
  • Specialisation: Microbiology

What is your topic and area of research?
Microbiology - Bacteriophages

Why did you decide to do a Masters/PhD in your topic?
I decided to do my PhD in microbiology because I have always been passionate about it and bacteriophages seems to be the perfect candidate for me.

What made you choose Monash Science in particular?
I chose Jeremy Barr more than Monash but I was happy that his lab was in Monash.

What's your favourite aspect of being a PhD student?
Being part of an amazing group of scientists from all around the world and doing what I love :)

What do you plan to do when you graduate?
Probably one Post-doc to see how it is and then maybe move to industry.

What has been the highlight of your study experience so far?
Meeting my friends and colleagues. Learning about science and different cultures.

What's the biggest misconception you had about studying a masters/PhD?
Probably how hard it would be. When you look on internet reactions and comments of people doing a PhD, it's like it's the end of the world. For me it's not as hard as I expected and I like it. It probably because I am in a great lab with an amazing supervisor and a good project and I know everybody is not that lucky. I think sometimes people over stress about the PhD experience.

If you were to give some advice to someone who's thinking about studying a PhD at Monash Science, what would you say?
Go for it! But make sure you like your project and your supervisor is good by asking other PhD students from the same lab their opinions.

Give us a life hack or piece of advice you live by:
It's okay to make mistakes. If you are where you are now it's because you deserve to be here. The people who hired you know your background and know what to expect from you, so if you make any mistakes it's their fault otherwise they shouldn't have hired you.

What is an interesting fact about yourself?
I got expelled from a girls boarding school because my grades were not high enough, it didn't prevent me from starting a PhD.