“The scholarship enables me to take a step further. I get the chance to work and interact with the experts in photosynthesis in one of the best universities in the world.”
Degree/Program: PhD in Plant Physiology and Microscopy
Scholarship: Lee Foundation Rice Scholarship
Field of study: Molecular biology / Plant physiology / Microscopy
I did both my bachelor’s (2007) and masters (2013) degree at the University of the Philippines. While studying for my masters degree, I worked at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) as a researcher for the Applied Photosynthesis and Systems Modelling group led by Dr. John Sheehy. I worked on chemically-mutagenised sorghum plants. In 2009, I started working as an assistant scientist for the C4 Rice Project under the supervision of Dr. Paul Quick. Most of my work is on transgenic rice plants.
For recreational activities, I either go to the institute’s gym or do group sports (basketball and volleyball) with my friends. During weekends, I spend most of my time with my family.
Much of my experience revolves around plant science research particularly in C3 and C4 crops. Years spent in the university allowed me to learn the basic principles and techniques of molecular biology. My work and training at research institutes such as IRRI and CSIRO play the vital role of not only honing my molecular biology skills, but also developing of other expertise like microscopy and people management.
The scholarship enables me to take a step further. I get the chance to work and interact with photosynthesis experts in one of the best universities in the world. Research-wise, I have the best supervision from very successful scientists whose work marks plant science history. Studying at ANU opens up a lot of opportunities for networking and scientific discussions – both substantial for a successful career in the future.