Iván Beltrán, mentee in the 2018 MedTech-Pharma program in NSW. (Macquarie University)

I am a PhD candidate at the Department of Biological Sciences in Macquarie University. I am participating in the IMNIS MedTech‐Pharma program in NSW.

My PhD project aims to understand how organisms, particularly lizards, will respond to climate change in relation to their reproductive mode. I am using field, computer and laboratory-based techniques to answer: how will rising temperatures affect relevant biological traits on live-bearing and egg-laying lizards?

Through my career, I have developed important skills such as experimental design, data analysis, project management and communication of results.

I consider myself a curious and creative person with good leading skills. I enjoy learning new techniques and trying to find the connection between different areas of science and humanities.

Why are you participating in the IMNIS program?

I am interested in merging my knowledge and experience with the professional skills that industry can provide me. I am also interested in developing a stronger and broader professional network.

What is the most important aspect of this professional relationship for you?

Building confidence with my mentor so he can provide me with appropriate guidance and advice on my career path.  

What do you hope your mentor can help you achieve and what is the best piece of advice you have received so far?

I expect that my mentor can help me identify the best industry roles and opportunities given my background and my talents. The best advice I have received so far is that the skills I have developed in my career (including PhD) are transferable to the industry only if you generalise and see the big picture.

What are the top 3 key things you hope to learn through the IMNIS program?

  1. How to engage successfully with industry leaders
  2. How to transfer my skills from academia to industry
  3. How to seek suitable industry opportunities

What has been the most rewarding aspect of the IMNIS program for you so far?

I had my first meeting with my mentor recently, but the experience of interacting with a completely new way of professional growth is exciting for me.