As a final year student of IMU’s Medical Biotechnology (MB) programme, I was given the opportunity to complete a 3-month industrial training. That was when I began to panic as I literally had no idea where should I go and what should I do. A lot of questions consistently popped up in my mind. With the support of my seniors, lecturers and family, I made my final decision and chose Academia Sinica in Taiwan to do my internship. Fortunately, I was accepted by Dr Chern, Yijuang as an attachment student in her research laboratory under the Neuroscience Department in the Institute of Biomedical Sciences (IBMS), Academia Sinica. Since young, I have always been interested in neurological related topics. Very often, I would come across the term neurodegenerative diseases in the news. However, I did not have the opportunity to gather in-depth knowledge about it. Through my degree programme and journal reading, I realised that all neurodegenerative diseases are getting prevalent as the aging population is increasing worldwide and these illnesses are challenging as they cannot be cured or slowed significantly.
Most importantly, I would like to thank my supervisor, senior and other lab members for giving me this opportunity to be involved in their research projects. They gave me full confidence in my laboratory skills and trusted my results, greatly boosting my confidence in handling the experiment independently. I could not have successfully completed my internship without the continuous guidance and support from my senior who gave me this precious opportunity to learn and made my attachment journey so interesting. He gave me not only guidance on the research, but also advises me on my future endeavours and I am truly grateful for that.
I am also very grateful that the IMU Medical Biotechnology Programme had prepared me well to embrace any challenges during my internship period. This programme has given me solid fundamental knowledge in a wide field and technical skills that are required for my research. The various up-to date modules such as Cell and Molecular Biology, Cell and Tissue Culture Techniques, Biopharming and Bioinformatics in this programme had strengthened my foundation knowledge. Moreover, the intensive schedule of the MB programme in IMU had trained me in proper time management, to stay focused and handle things more effectively despite juggling with a packed timetable and heavy workload.
All these invaluable experiences had eventually helped me to be a person who is more adaptable to changes in my future career and life. Written by: Er Yan Hong (MB1/15) Photos credits: Er Yan Hong (MB1/15)