Bio-engineering a Healthy Future

RESEARCH ASSISTANT
National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy Biologics Facility, Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology

QUALIFICATIONS
Master of Biotechnology 2007

SALARY RANGE
Minimum $43,000
Maximum $120,000
Average $80,000 p.a.

At just 25, Michael Song is at the forefront of the booming Australian biopharmaceutical market.

The UQ Masters in Biotechnology graduate is working as a research assistant for the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN), based at UQ’s St Lucia campus.

His role has him working on the pilot scale production of therapeutic proteins and bioprocess development for the AIBN’s National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) Biologics Facility, which is funded by the Australian Federal Government.

Through NCRIS, the government is providing $542 million over the seven years from 2005 to 2011, to provide researchers with major research facilities, supporting infrastructure and networks necessary for the Institute’s world-class research.

“I enjoy being at the interface between research and commercial production, and operating both cutting-edge and high-end research instruments,” Michael says of his work.

With its links to pharmaceutical development, Michael’s research could well benefit future human health – so it is little wonder he describes his position as the “most exciting” adventure of his career in science to date.

“This experience has given me the opportunity to interact with experts from the Australian biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries and also researchers from Australian research institutes,” he says.

The chance to take part in research projects while studying at UQ is what Michael has drawn upon most since leaving university.

“Those research projects provided me with the opportunity to perform my own research and work alongside numerous established research scientists,” he says.

“UQ has definitely supported my career by being an Australian university with some of the strongest research facilities and expert staff across a broad range of disciplines.”