Li Ren Lim

From the ancient art of fermentation (wine and cheese) to genetic manipulation, biotechnology is a field that continues to grow, with limitless boundaries.

Science became my interest the day I watched Bill Nye the Science Guy back in primary school, and the fascinating and amazing world of science has captured my heart ever since. When choosing a major, biotechnology really stood out to me as the most multidisciplinary major there is. From the ancient art of fermentation (wine and cheese) to genetic manipulation, biotechnology is a field that continues to grow, with limitless boundaries. My dream career is to be involved in a start-up science company; to help develop its business, establish the brand name and commercialise its intellectual properties. I think it is truly rewarding to see a company establishing its roots and growing to become a major industry player.

I think that the Master of Biotechnology provides you with technical know-how and applications of scientific theories in the workplace. It also equips you with professional skills that are useful in the industry. Through interactions with peers, industry representatives and lecturers, I have gained a better understanding of my field and industry. If you are interested in how products are commercialised from scientists’ intellectual properties (findings/ research), or if you are interested in being a science communicator and providing the public with facts (debunking perceptions of GMOs and others), this is the course for you!

Being an international student, my time here at the university is an opportunity for me to get out of my comfort zone and experience the countless amazing things out there. My course specifically has a diverse pool of students coming from different backgrounds and has been a great place for intercultural exchanges and understanding. I think the university has allowed me to grow personally, learn new skills and is helping to prepare me for my future career.

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