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Research Training at the University of Technology Sydney during IMU’s MSc in Molecular Medicine

20 Jun 2023

My name is Mohamad Siddiq bin Mohamad and I am currently working at Cytopeutics Sdn Bhd as a Clinical Research Associate. My deep interest in human biology brought me through several years of education including Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) which then eventually led me to pursue my MSc in Molecular Medicine (MMM) at International Medical University (IMU).


My journey in pursuit of my Master’s degree had been filled with challenges and triumphs. I vividly remembered the countless late nights spent poring over research papers, conducting experiments in the laboratory, and balancing coursework with my other responsibilities. It was not an easy road, but my passion in research field especially molecular medicine that had ignited in me during my undergraduate studies had kept me going.


One of the highlights of my graduate studies was the opportunity to work closely with esteemed professors/ supervisors (Dr Dinesh Kumar Chellappan, Dr Thiagarajan Madheswaran, Dr Kamal Dua,  Dr Keshav and Dr Gabrielle), who had extensive expertise in molecular medicine. Their mentorship and guidance had been invaluable in shaping my knowledge and skills in this rapidly evolving field so much so that it helped me to publish an editorial letter titled “The versatility of 18ß-glycyrrhetinic acid in attenuating pulmonary inflammatory disorders” in EXCLI journal.

Conducting Research at University of Technology of Sydney
During my research project, I had the privilege to travel to University of Technology of Sydney (UTS), Australia to conduct cutting-edge research, exploring the intricacies of molecular mechanisms, and delving into the latest advancements in medical science. It was a thrilling and intellectually stimulating experience that fuelled my curiosity and deepened my understanding of molecular medicine.


Beyond the academic pursuits, I also had the chance to collaborate with fellow graduate students at UTS who shared the same passion for research and scientific discovery. We bonded over our common interests and worked together as a team, supporting, and motivating each other through the ups and downs of research project. The camaraderie and sense of community that we built were truly invaluable, and I knew that these friendships would last a lifetime.


Of course, there were also moments of self-doubt and setbacks along the way. There were experiments that didn’t yield the expected results, challenges in securing visa to Australia, and times when I felt overwhelmed by the sheer amount of work. But each hurdle I faced only fuelled my determination to persevere, and I learned valuable lessons in resilience, perseverance, and problem-solving.

I was immensely grateful for the opportunities and experiences that the Molecular Medicine programme at the IMU had provided me. The knowledge and skills I had gained, the friendships I had formed, and the challenges I had overcome had shaped me into a stronger, more capable individual, ready to make a meaningful contribution to the field of molecular medicine.

Looking ahead, I was excited about the endless possibilities that awaited me as a graduate of the Master of Science in Molecular Medicine programme. Whether it was pursuing a career in academia, industry, clinical research or clinical practice, I knew that the solid foundation I had built during my time at the International Medical University would serve as a springboard for my future endeavours.


Graduating from the Master of Science in Molecular Medicine programme was a significant milestone in my life, and I knew that the knowledge, skills, and experiences I had gained would stay with me for a lifetime.

With a heart full of gratitude and excitement, I took my first steps into the next chapter of my journey, ready to make a meaningful impact in the field of molecular medicine and beyond.

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