PhD Candidate, RMIT University

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Don't be afraid of failing and feeling lost after you do.

Nhi Thao Tran

What do you do?

I am a biomedical scientist investigating brain injury in the developing fetus.

Why did you choose this field?

I originally wanted to pursue a career as a paediatrician and wanted to enter medical school. I enrolled myself in to a biomedical science undergraduate course and it was by majoring in pathology that I became interested in scientific research. I decided to try a year of research at a neuroscience institute and was inspired by my female supervisor, and also the environment I was in, to pursue a career in scientific research.

What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?

My career has only just started but being where I am now, doing the things I'm doing, talking to the people I'm talking to, being able to think critically in a supporting environment is really an achievement to me so far.

Why do you love working in STEM?

I love working in STEM because everyone around me is genuinely interested in knowledge, no matter how trivial or profound. I look forward to working with like-minded individuals who have a passion to learn and continue learning.

Best advice for next generation?

Don't be afraid of failing and feeling lost after you do. If you are strong-willed and know what your strengths and interests are, opportunities will arise whether you anticipate them or not.

Inspo quote / fun fact / role model

“And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”

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