UQ Australian Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology Student Placement

The University of Queensland’s AIBN offered the opportunity for four of our students, Mehroz Jeevaji, Shoanaly Tobin, Isabella Juria and Alexandra Crawley to complete a placement with a research group over four days, Monday 22nd to Thursday 25th September in the school holidays. These students were selected from a competitive pool of applicants to be given the opportunity to take part in this exciting program.

Mehroz has summarised his experience here:
‘My partner and I researched how neurons die in stroke. We measured the increase of the Caspase-3 protein, the functional protein that regulates the death of neurons over the time of glucose deprivation in the neuron (which is partly what happens during a stroke).

We got the opportunity to use many high-tech instruments used in the laboratories and got an insight into the research done by the scientists at the AIBN institute. Overall, the AIBN student placement was a very rewarding, enjoyable and an incredible experience and I am happy that I was one of the four to be picked for this wonderful opportunity.’

Isabella has summarised her experience here:
‘Taking part in the research placement program at UQ’s AIBN was by far one of the most incredible and interesting experiences I’ve ever had. It definitely blew my mind to hear of all the research groups’ exciting work and endless applications of bioengineering and nanotechnology – from cancer cell detection to water treatment. I was privileged to work alongside a chemist focusing on nanomaterials, and throughout the four days I was tasked with the challenge to synthesise the most monodisperse (uniformly sized) nanospheres possible. These nanospheres would be used to design lithium ion batteries and super-capacitors which could store more energy and charge quicker. Despite the test of researching and designing an investigation independently, it was exciting to apply Chemistry theory from class to this real-life situation, and work in a lab with such sophisticated equipment. I certainly felt like a real research scientist, and by the end of the program I had succeeded in fulfilling my challenge! I also thoroughly enjoyed talking to numerous scientists about their work and experience in the field so far, and gaining an insight into how they think of different ways to use nanomaterials for such profound applications. I am very grateful for the opportunity to have taken part in the program; I learned so much from the experience and am now even more excited to pursue a career in scientific research.’