Eileen Phoenix Aquino Lam

There is also so much we don’t know about microbiology and immunology that I can't help but wonder what is out there for us to discover.

Studying here at the University of Melbourne is not just studying for me. It has meant new friends I have met from lectures, clubs and events. I am very blessed to have met all these amazing wonderful people some of whom have become my close friends.

I have always loved science since a young girl. Watching all those Animal Planet and Discovery Channel documentaries has fuelled my love for science. Having great science teachers from a very young age and seeing women in science has inspired me to pursue a career in science. Also just the wonderful world created around us has gotten me fascinated and amazed by the wonderful work and art that is life and science.

My dream career would be a biomedical researcher, particularly in the areas of microbiology/immunology, working in the lab with other cool scientists from all different science backgrounds. I am specifically interested in viruses and how they can affect our immune system and how they have co-evolved with us. There is also so much we don’t know about microbiology and immunology that I can’t help but wonder what is out there for us to discover.

While at high school, I was still sheltered under my teachers. Coming to university, I just didn’t expect the amount of freedom but also self-responsibility that came with it. Suddenly there was no one at university to hold my hand. But I also realised that the helping hands so many students seek of are actually just there; not holding onto us but beside us so that whenever we need help, we can always reach out and hold on to a hand.

Eileen has achieved the Leaders in Communities Award (LiCA).

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