Memories@Merici with Minh Huynh (Class of 1998)

Minh Huynh (Class of 1998) PhD Graduation

Our article today fits in beautifully with National Science Week and we celebrate the achievements of Minh Huynh in the field of Science and wish her continued success.

"After graduating from Merici College in 1998, I moved to Sydney to do a Bachelor of Medical Science at the University of Sydney and went on to complete Honours and a PhD in Pathology. The aim of my thesis was to investigate and understand how cancer cells invade and spread throughout the body.

After many years of studying (almost 9 years in fact!), I was pleased to finally have a real job as a Postdoctoral Researcher for the Iron Metabolism and Chelation Program at the University of Sydney investigating a genetic condition known as Friedreich's ataxia. I worked there for a couple of years and was given the opportunity to move into a more technical and teaching role which is where I am today. I am currently working at the Australian Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis (ACMM) providing technical support and training for post-graduate students and staff in a wide range of microscopy techniques. This role allows me to be involved in research projects from many different fields including: biological sciences, medicine, pharmacology, agriculture, engineering and more. Each day, I'm presented with many new and interesting challenges and I never stop learning new things, which is the great thing about science!

I have fond memories of the time I spent at Merici College. I'm grateful for the friends I made and the teachers who supported me and gave me guidance especially in the final years of high school. These people and experiences helped to shape the person I am today. I'd like to give special mention and thanks to my maths and chemistry teachers, John Carty and Maria de Lima who were an inspiration to me.

My parents said I was the child who always asked "Why?", so I guess it's no surprise that I ended up with a career in science!"

Minh Huynh, Class of 1998

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