Martyna Broda, mentee in the 2018 MedTech-Pharma program in WA (UWA)

I am currently finishing my PhD in the School of Molecular Sciences at the University of Western Australia. Before, I finished my Bachelor and Master studies in Biotechnology, majoring in Molecular Biology at Wroclaw University in Poland. I also completed a 3 month internship at Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics in Dresden (Germany) after my first year of Masters.

My current studies concern plant mitochondrial retrograde signalling and its mechanism which I am trying to solve using a combination of microscopy and transcriptomic analyses.

Why are you participating in IMNIS programme?

During a PhD most students focus on their day-to-day research and have limited opportunities working with industry or time to think about future possibilities, which are not restricted to Academia. I’ve joined the IMNIS initiative to learn a bit more about industry and discover what it is exactly that I want to do after PhD: academia, industry or maybe a mix of both worlds?

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

Being able to discuss everything that is concerning me or any ideas that may come along with mutual trust.

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

I am hoping to get some clarity of what it is I want to do and to work on my management skills perhaps. One of the best pieces of advice I’ve received so far is to be open, to other people and possible networking.

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

  1. It is a little bit about self-discovery, what I want to do or how to combine the best of both worlds academia and industry
  2. How to use my set of skills or how to adapt my skills into a new situation
  3. How to be good at networking

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

Being matched with a mentor and getting positive energy from her.

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