Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Biomedical Science
UTS has some of the best scientific equipment for research and has produced many researchers with ex...
Supervisor: Professor Graham Nicholson
Honours project title: Target determination of the insect-selective agelenid spider neurotoxin agatoxin-Ta1a
Describe your honours project My project looked at determining the target site of an insect-selective spider neurotoxin that could potentially be used as a lead compound in the development of novel environmentally-friendly insecticides (bioinsecticides). Bioinsecticides are promising alternatives to conventional agrochemicals in the control of vectors of disease and agricultural pests.
What is the aim of your project? To determine the site and mechanism of action of the insect selective neurotoxin U1-Agatoxin-Ta1a.
Why did you choose to pursue an honours degree as opposed to going into the work force? I am passionate about research and for me honours was the first step to a career in research. Doing honours also gives you the ability to work independently and as part of a team, to learn to think analytically and to troubleshoot when things don't work. These skills are important in many careers. During my final year I developed an interest in pharmacology and toxicology, so this was the perfect choice for me. This project also gave me the chance to be a part of research that promises global applications.
What is your daily activity? Currently I am enjoying a break after just having completed honours.
What attracted you to research at UTS Science? UTS has some of the best scientific equipment for research and has produced many researchers of exceptional quality. It was a privilege to be a part of such fantastic research.
My future I hope to continue with research and eventually end up in academia.
What interests you most about Science or Mathematics? I love that science is not about rote learning copious amounts of information. It is about applying what you have learnt to solve problems, including those that affect society as a whole.
What is the best thing about your Honours year? The things I have learnt, the skills I have gained, and the friends I have made.
What is the best thing about your supervisor? The best thing about my supervisor was that despite his many (and ever growing) titles and busy schedule, he was always there to offer his support and guidance. The knowledge and skills I have gained under his supervision are invaluable.
What advice would you give a student thinking of Honours? Pick something you are genuinely interested in. There will be a lot of lows and stressful moments during the honours years but if you are passionate about your research you will always find the motivation to keep going.