Body of Work

Matthew Wisseman

SCIENTIFIC OFFICER
Gross Anatomy Facility, The University of Queensland

QUALIFICATIONS
BSc (Biomedical Science) 2006
Hons (Anatomical Sciences) 2007

SALARY RANGE
Minimum $44,000
Maximum $59,000
Average $50,000 p.a.

DISSECTING donor bodies might make some people squeamish – but it has the opposite effect on Matthew Wissemann.

The UQ Science graduate’s career has brought him back to where he first discovered his passion for anatomy.

A Bachelor of Science (Honours) graduate in biomedical and anatomical sciences, Matthew is now working at UQ as a scientific officer for the Gross Anatomy Facility (GAF).

Renowned as one of the best-equipped anatomy facilities in Australia, the GAF houses a large dissection laboratory, embalming suite, research laboratory, and cadaver storage area.

“I aid and prepare anatomical resource material for undergraduate and postgraduate students studying anatomy within the fields of science, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, psychology, health, pharmacy, dentistry, human movement studies and medicine,” Matthew explains.

From life-size skeletons to bones and radiographic images, Matthew finds helping students to better understand the intricacies of the human body a rewarding role.

“The best thing about my job is using my knowledge in anatomy to facilitate and help students with their studies,” he says.

Matthew also plays a part in the UQ Bequest Program, receiving donors accepted into the School of Anatomy and then applying his university-taught dissection skills to prepare teaching specimens for classes and research.

Additionally, he assists in the set-up and supervision of large surgical professional development workshops and anatomical tutorials for groups such as the Queensland Ambulance Service.
Matthew says UQ has given him true appreciation for the body – which he aims to build upon by studying medicine.

“UQ really opened my eyes up to the human body and how precious and elaborate it can be,” he says.

“If it wasn’t for UQ, I doubt I would have the knowledge and experience to pursue my endeavours, like studying medicine.”