Science has always fascinated me by the challenges that it offers and the logical framework that it provides to describe and solve what may otherwise look like mysteries. My never-ending curiosity impelled me to choose scientific research as my major at undergraduate level. From there on, I chose to do my Masters in Biotechnology at the Kakatiya University in Warangal. My research at the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology and Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics helped me in expanding my horizons and take a step further and do doctorate research.
Our research group headed by Dr.Kevin R. Nicholas is working on the unique lactation strategies of species such as the Echidna, Platypus, Tammar Wallaby (member of the Kangaroo family and species for research on Kangaroos), Fur Seal, cows and humans as model systems. The focus of the research is to better understand the development and function of the mammary gland. Deakin has MoUs for student exchange programmes and provides internship opportunities with premier research organisations in India like CCMB, IICT-Hyderabad and IITs, biotech companies.
The highly motivating staff, students from various linguistic and cultural backgrounds with innovative research ideas and the friendly environment makes Deakin a great place to get international exposure.
At Deakin, I found easygoing research scientists with whom I was able to foster friendly relationships. This understanding is not only limited to the lab but the mentors also understand students' problems on a personal level.
There is a big Indian community that organises and plays regional movies every week and celebrates festivals.
Ashwantha Kumar Enjapoori
Ph.D student, Deakin University,