Claire Sayers: Genetics

I was focusing on the genetics of the malaria parasite to help understand the biology and ultimately find novel drug targets.

"I have always been inquisitive and science became my “fun” subject in high school. A degree in Science was the first step in my university journey."

The Bachelor of Science offers majors including Genetics. The Genetics major will prepare you for a career or advanced study involving the application of fundamental genetics, genomics, evolutionary, population and ecological genetics to all areas of biology, biomedical sciences and biotechnology. You will develop knowledge and skills in the theory of genetics and molecular biology, population genetics and evolution and in experimental design, data recording and analysis and scientific writing, which are essential preparation for roles in universities, research institutes, government departments, hospitals and in the biotechnology industry

"In my PhD I was focusing on the genetics of the malaria parasite to help understand the biology and ultimately find novel drug targets. The dynamic nature of my research kept me engaged and motivated. The challenges I faced during my PhD made me realise what I am capable of overcoming and achieving. I enjoyed the independence of my studies, but also knowing that someone was always there to help when I needed it. Plus, the Megan Klemm Postgraduate Research Award gave me the financial support required to attend an overseas conference and visit labs in the US, Germany and the Netherlands. These experiences were important steps in achieving my PhD goals and for my future career opportunities."

The Faculty of Science offers a Doctor of Philosophy - Science in one of seven areas of science:

  • BioSciences
  • Chemistry
  • Earth Sciences
  • Ecosystem and Forest Science
  • Geography
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Physics

This article originally appeared in Meet our Students on the Faculty of Science website.

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