ABI Spring Graduation 2017

28 September 2017

ABI would like to extend its heartfelt congratulations to our PhD and Masters students who graduated on September 26, 2017. Featured below are our graduates.

 

Q and A with our graduates

PhD Graduates

Daniel Chen

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  1. What were your most memorable/enjoyable moments at ABI during your PhD programme?
    I’d have to say doing a six-month exchange at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China, where I was able to work closely with Professor Shull’s lab. Meeting my wife during my exchange was also a plus!
  2. What are the next steps now that you have graduated from your PhD programme?
    I am heading back to Professor Shull’s lab in Shanghai for a post doc!
  3. If you could give some advice to future PhD students at ABI, what would that be?
    One of the best tips I was given was planning your thesis chapters early on and publishing papers throughout your degree so that the papers can be individual chapters of your thesis at the end. Also, make a list of skills you would like to learn by the end of your PhD.

Farzaneh Shalbaf Hosseinabadi

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  1. What were your most memorable/enjoyable moments at ABI during your PhD programme?
    I have great memories at ABI, I can easily say that they are the best three years of my life. I recall Professors Poul Nielsen and Merryn Tawhai’s presentations to be the most memorable seminars because they shaped my future and helped me decide what I want from my life. 
  2. What are the next steps now that you have graduated from your PhD programme?
    I have started working as a firmware embedded engineer and I would love to improve my skills at this job.
  3. If you could give some advice to future students enrolling in the PhD programme at ABI, what would that be?
    Choose your topic and your supervisors carefully. Doing postgraduate study is not about the degree, it is more about the journey that you take and you want to make the most out of it. 

Jesse Ashton

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  1. What were your most memorable/enjoyable moments at the ABI during your PhD programme?
    Dunking my head into a bucket of ice-cold water in a failed attempt to demonstrate the “diving reflex” in front of a packed seminar room was memorable/embarrassing. Dr Dan Hurley's exit seminar was one of the best I've ever seen - he controlled his slides with a keyboard guitar and did the tango. His research was good too…
  2. What are the next steps now that you have graduated from your PhD programme?
    I have a position as a research fellow at the Centre for Brain Research investigating synaptic plasticity for as long as my funding lasts.
  3. If you could give some advice to future PhD students at ABI, what would that be?
    Aim high but make sure you have achievable steps along the way so that you always have a failback position if things don’t go to plan.  

Karthikeya Subramaniam

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  1. What were your most memorable/enjoyable moments at ABI during your PhD programme?
    Being able to work with researchers who are known internationally for their work was a great experience. Along with attending international conferences, this gave great insights into the state-of-the-art research in my field.
  2. What are the next steps now that you have graduated from your PhD programme?
    I currently work as a research scientist for a private software company, and find this role rewarding and challenging.
  3. If you could give some advice to future PhD students at ABI, what would that be?
    Make the most of collaborating and communicating with others within your group and institute – ABI is full of high-calibre, internationally-known researchers!

Mabelle Yuling Lin

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  1. What were your most memorable/enjoyable moments at ABI during your PhD programme?
    The most memorable moments wouldn’t have been possible without the wonderful people in ABI.  ABI is made up of people from diverse backgrounds, and it is always a joy to talk to people.  Everyone is willing to help each other out and it is lovely to have such a supportive network.
  2. What are the next steps now that you have graduated from your PhD programme?
    I would like to continue doing research.  Currently, I am a research fellow at the School of Optometry and Vision Science (University of Auckland), and the work has been really exciting and rewarding.
  3. If you could give some advice to future students enrolling in the PhD programme at ABI, what would that be?
    If I can do it, you can do it too! So have faith in yourself and be positive, things do get difficult during PhD but you will make it eventually!

 

Ming Cheuk

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  1. What were your most memorable/enjoyable moments at the ABI during your PhD programme?
    Trips to conferences with fellow colleagues and supervisors from ABI were great. One particular example is the time when the conference was held at Disney World, Florida. There is nothing better than some PhD students and their supervisors roaming about the “most magical place on earth.”
  2. What are the next steps now that you have graduated from your PhD programme?
    I am now working full time at Spark 64, a software technology company that Daniel Xu (another ABI alumnus) and I co-founded during our PhD at ABI. We are currently working on commercialising our sun safety app, UVLens, and building Facebook chatbots (useful messenger applications, not the spammy type).
  3. If you could give some advice to future PhD students at the ABI, what would that be?
    If you want to do research in a wonderful environment filled with fun, open-minded people and access to probably some of the best equipment in the university, ABI is for you! Oh, and do make use of the espresso machine.

 

Nikini Puhulwelle Gamage

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  1. What were your most memorable/enjoyable moments at the ABI during your PhD programme?
    Making some great friends along the way - from the “Fluffy Crew” to my supervisors. I have had an amazing time with everyone I have had the pleasure to work with at ABI. Thank you all for making it such a memorable time for me.
  2. What are the next steps now that you have graduated from your PhD programme?
    I have started working as an engineering consultant for a systems modelling company in Melbourne, modelling mainly mining systems, but also airports, hospitals and transport systems. It is a new field for me but it also gives me the opportunity to apply my coding and modelling knowledge in a more corporate setting.
  3. If you could give some advice to future PhD students at ABI, what would that be?
    Stay focused on the main goal at hand and have a good support network for when things get tough. ABI has great facilities (workshops, wet labs and motion capture systems) where you can learn a whole lot of new skills so don’t be afraid to incorporate these into your PhD when possible. Most importantly, have fun and learn heaps, it’s unlikely you will get another opportunity like this. 

Robert Gallichan

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  1. What were your most memorable/enjoyable moments at ABI during your PhD programme?
    Probably getting in to ABI at 6.30 in the morning, making a coffee and sitting down to watch the sunrise before starting my day. Seeing my integrated circuit working after about two years of designing it was also pretty good. And hanging out with the Implantable Devices Group at lunch was great.
  2. What are the next steps now that you have graduated from your PhD programme?
    My fiancé and I have moved to the USA for the year and I’m hoping to find work in integrated circuit design.
  3. If you could give some advice to future students enrolling in the Masters/PhD programme at ABI, what would that be?
    A PhD is so open and there are so many things you can research and different directions you can go in. Set some essential goals for your research to give you direction and give yourself some weekly goals to keep you on track.

 

Matthew Parker

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  1. What were your most memorable/enjoyable moments at ABI during your PhD programme?
    Getting to travel throughout my PhD, learning and sharing ideas, presenting at conferences and completing a studentship at MIT.
  2. What are the next steps now that you have graduated from your PhD programme?
    I am now a research engineer at MED-EL GmbH - a cochlear implant manufacturer, based in Innsbruck, Austria.
  3. If you could give some advice to future students enrolling in the PhD programme at ABI, what would that be?
    Don’t be afraid to talk to as many people as you can when choosing a subject, and ask for advice if you get stuck.

 

Yi Chung Lim

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  1. What were your most memorable/enjoyable moments at ABI during your PhD programme?
    I really enjoyed doing the experiments and hanging out with my colleagues in the lab.
  2. What are the next steps now that you have graduated from your PhD programme?
    I have been working as a Research Assistant with Professor Kuhl at the University of Kassel in Germany. Now I am back in New Zealand looking for research roles in industry.
  3. If you could give some advice to future students enrolling in the PhD programme at ABI, what would that be?
    Take time to celebrate your successes. Try and push things to thesis/publication level as you are working on it, because it is very hard to remember the details of what you did a year ago.

Our other PhD graduates are Paul Robertson and Rachel Berry.

Masters Graduates

Amy Garrett

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  1. What were your most memorable/enjoyable moments at ABI during your Masters programme?
    At the end of my masters, I was lucky enough to present my work at a conference in South Korea (followed by a short trip to Tokyo on the way home).
  2. What are the next steps now that you have graduated from your Masters programme?
    I have recently begun my PhD at the ABI. I will be continuing my work from my masters.
  3. If you could give some advice to future students enrolling in the Masters programme at ABI, what would that be?
    Time management is key in a masters – a year is not very long! Make sure to plan out a deadline for results so that you have enough time to write a quality thesis.

Hao Bo Yu

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  1. What were your most memorable/enjoyable moments at ABI during your Masters programme?
    My most memorable and enjoyable moments would have to be those where I learnt a theory, and then put it to use by implementing it using software. A particular example would be implementing a stereo-camera to be able to find objects in 3D space.
  2. What are the next steps now that you have graduated from your Masters programme?
    I am currently a Research Assistant at ABI, but in the future I would like to work in a fast-growing technology sector.
  3. If you could give some advice to future students enrolling in the Masters programme at ABI, what would that be?
    Try to allocate your report writing time wisely. Also keep track of your citations in an easy-to-use software.

Keith Pereira

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  1. What were your most memorable/enjoyable moments at ABI during your Masters programme?
    Coffee break chats with people at ABI!
  2. What are the next steps now that you have graduated from your Masters programme?
    I want to find my niche in the extremely diverse and exciting field of biomedical engineering. Currently, I’m doing a short stint here at ABI while also dabbling in a bit of music!
  3. If you could give some advice to future students enrolling in the Masters programme at ABI, what would that be?
    Though your project requires a lot of hard work and dedication, make sure you enjoy the time you spend at ABI. There are so many amazing, talented people around to get to know and become friends with.