Felix Suresh Kevin Thomas, a 2014 graduate of the IMU Biomedical Science programme, discovered his passion for neuroscience research in his final undergraduate year, during which he performed an internship with the Neurobiology and Genetics Group (NBGG), Universiti Putra Malaysia. Aspiring to further his capacity in this exciting niche area, he then gained experience as a research assistant in three other neurology research institutes, with emphasis ranging from neurodegenerative diseases to psychiatric-induced illnesses, all of which are fundamental medical research. In recognition of his efforts, he was recently awarded a full scholarship to pursue the Master of Biomedical Science programme in Monash University, in affiliation with the Brain Research Institute Monash Sunway (BRIMS). Looking back, IMU has helped bridge his expectations in life to reality, both in and out of the classroom. He shared that his experience as a Biomedical Science undergraduate in the IMU has laid the foundation for him to develop as a capable scientist:
“I would say that my time in the IMU has nurtured me to be analytical and fundamentally knowledgeable in my field of choice. The programme itself has trained me to be competent in research, while ensuring that I am capable in carrying out research independently. While I do have to admit that the curriculum was very packed, but the rewards reaped were bountiful. I owe the skills I have today from every practical session, lecture and PBL, as without them, I would not be here today. The lecturers were extremely helpful during my time and I have even kept in contact with some of them to ask for advice till this very day!”
He is also grateful for opportunities beyond the classroom for a holistic education. His tenure as a Student Council Representative has enabled him to reach out to various researchers and actively discuss their work with them, both locally and abroad. Nonetheless, he admits that he is still learning the ways to be a successful researcher. With sheer determination and hard work, he hopes to one day make a breakthrough in the neuroscience field.