Albury-Wodonga student begins at LIMS

The La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science (LIMS) at the University’s Melbourne campus was officially opened today, but biochemistry honours student Roxanne Smith from Albury-Wodonga has already been working at her brand new desk in the building for two weeks.

Albury-Wodonga student begins at LIMS The $100 million complex includes the iconic LIMS building, a stunning six-storey, molecular sciences research hub with 34 research and support laboratories.

Although it is located in Melbourne, the facility enhances the opportunities available to students who study Science at the University’s Albury-Wodonga campus, says the Head of Department of Environmental Management and Ecology, Susan Lawler.

‘Many of our students will undertake some of their second and third year studies at the Melbourne campus, where they will benefit from great teaching labs and research facilities,’ says Dr Lawler.

‘Students in the Bachelor of Biosciences and the Bachelor of Science degrees including Applications in Society, Agriculture and Wildlife, and Conservation Biology will all have access to an improved learning environment at the LIMS complex,’ says Dr Lawler.

Roxanne, 21, is one of these students. She is originally from Albury, and began her university career at La Trobe Univeristy’s Albury-Wodonga campus in 2010, studying chemistry and biochemistry.

‘Chemistry wasn’t my best subject in high school,’ says Roxanne, ‘but I had great lecturers at Albury-Wodonga in my first year of Science and they inspired me to continue with chemistry and biochemistry.’

After moving to Melbourne to continue her second and third year studies, and hearing that La Trobe’s research in biochemistry and cell biology was well above world-standards (Excellence in Research Australia 2012 report), Roxanne decided to continue on to do honours in biochemistry.

Now, she has the opportunity to be one of the first occupants of the new LIMS building, which she describes as state-of-the-art and which contains $10 million worth of new scientific equipment.

‘I am very proud to call myself a 2013 Biochemistry Honours student and very grateful for the opportunity to undertake my studies within Australia’s top biochemistry laboratory, here at LIMS in Melbourne,’ says Roxanne.

Roxanne ultimately hopes to become involved in designing drugs to cure disease, and her current honours project, which involves research on the bacterium that causes meningitis, is a step towards her goal.

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