School of Biological Sciences

Biotechnology Graduates

What do Bachelor of Biotechnology graduates think of the course?

Simon Cook, Research Assistant at the Sydney Dental Hospital: "An excellent insight into biotechnology. I learned a lot about the theory and practice I now use at work. And it was a lot of fun too!"
Paula Zylstra, PhD researcher in collaboration with the John Curtin School of Medical Research: "The degree was well designed, with interesting subjects and has practical applications to future research opportunities. The staff made it a fun degree."

Daniel Skylas, Research Assistant at the University of Wollongong: "A satisfying degree. It gave me a solid background in both the theoretical and practical sides of biotechnology. Apart from that I also made new friends with both staff and students."

Wendy Simpson, went on to study medicine: "A terrific course which emphasised the practical skills as well as the theory of biotechnology. I learnt a lot and enjoyed the course."

Jason McArthur, PhD researcher in collaboration with the vaccine company Cyanamid Websters: "The small class sizes in the degree allowed many strong friendships to develop and promoted a friendly rivalry which brought out the best in everyone. A great base from which to launch your international career in the sunrise industry of Biotechnology."

Leanne Pease, clinical trial coordinator for the biotechnology company Novogen Ltd: "The Bachelor of Biotechnology equipped me with skills such as scientific writing, being adaptable in a laboratory situation, people management and the importance of being able to communicate with fellow scientific researchers. I use these skills everyday in the competitive Biotechnology Research and Development environment."

Lynn Sydney, Science teacher: "My Bachelor of Biotechnology degree has given me a real edge as a science teacher. I have quite an in-depth knowledge about current, exciting developments in science that are relevant to kids today which will shape their future. The Bachelor of Biotechnology stresses real life technologies and is an extremely applicable, practical degree. "

Jodie Wilton, PhD researcher at NSW Agriculture: "A challenging but enjoyable degree providing the skills and confidence to enter the world of biotechnology".

What do employers think of the course?

Dr. Harry Rothenfluh, John Curtin School of Medical Research: "In terms of graduates who find employment in science or post-graduate research scholarships, the University of Wollongong Bachelor of Biotechnology degree has a remarkable track record"

Dr. Parry Monckton, Viral Research Manager of the vaccine company Cyanamid Websters: "University of Wollongong Biotechnology students have undertaken short research programs in our Research and Development Division. The students have been of a high calibre having had an excellent grounding in the molecular aspects of microbiology allowing them to complete short projects in specific aspects of vaccine development, which we could not otherwise have achieved."

Professor Neil Willetts: "The Bachelor of Biotechnology at the University of Wollongong provides excellent training in this exciting and expanding area, as the basis for either more specialised postgraduate studies or a research position in one of the many academic or company laboratories utilising this technology."

Dr. Steve Djordjevic, NSW Agriculture: "Having had the opportunity to supervise a number of Bachelor of Biotechnology students from the University of Wollongong, I am impressed with the high standards maintained in this degree. Graduate students receive an extremely thorough and up to date training in the rapidly advancing area of Biotechnology allowing them to either continue postgraduate studies or to enter the workforce successfully."

Professor Alan Husband, Research Director of the biotechnology company Novogen Ltd: "Our staff are trained in a whole range of scientific disciplines but the Bachelor of Biotechnology graduate we employed has great organisational and research skills that have obviously been developed from her tertiary education."

Bachelor of Biotechnology Graduate Employment

(6 months or less after the completion of their Degrees)

2010 Graduate Honours
Christopher Hobbs (Hons 2.1) Employment Unknown
Nicholas Horan (Hons 1) PhD Candidate, University of Wollongong
Cresta Markovic (Hons 2.1) Employment Unknown
Nathan Ralston-Bryce (Hons 1) PhD Candidate, University of Wollongong
Rebecca Ronchin (Hons 1) Employment Unknown
Rachel Webb (Hons 1) Research Assistant, Westmean Millennium Inst. Med. Research Breast Cancer Group
2009 Graduate Honours
Cortny Donald (Hons 1) Research Assistant, SpeedX. Aust. Tech Park Sydney
Daniel Farrugia (Hons 1) PhD Candidate, Macquarie University
Aleta Pupovac (Hons 1) PhD Candidate, University of Wollongong
Samantha Roberts (Hons 1) Employment Unknown
James Tsatsaronis (Hons1) PhD Candidate, University of Wollongong
Nathan Zammitt (Hons1) PhD Candidate, Garvan Research Institute, Sydney
2008 Graduate Honours
Quill Bowden (Hons 2.1) Employment Unknown
Simon Cook (Hons 2.1) PhD Candidate. University of Wollongong
Melissa DeSouza (Hons 1) Research Assistant, Cancer Research Unit, UNSW
Flynn Hill (Hons 1) PhD Candidate. University of Wollongong
Bryan Lessard (Hons 1) PhD Candidate. CSIRO. Canberra ACT
Kelly Meiklejohn (Hons 1) PhD Candidate. University of Wollongong
Justin Roby (Hons 1) PhD Candidate. QLD Inst. Of Medical Research. QLD
Kylie Taylor (Hons 2.1) Employment Unknown
Melinda Waterman (Hons 1) PhD Candidate. University of Wollongong
2007 Graduate Honours
Jeffrey Barrett (Hons 2.1) PhD Candidate. University of Wollongong
Rebecca Dabbs (Hons 1) PhD Candidate. University of Wollongong
Lakshitha G (Hons 2.1) Employment Unknown
Troy Koglin (Hons 1) PhD Candidate. University of Wollongong
Peter Maamary (Hons 1) PhD Candidate. University of Wollongong
Guy Nelmes (Hons 2.1) Employment Unknown
James Scifleet (Hons 1) PhD Candidate. University of Wollongong
Sarah Vella (Hons 1) PhD Candidate. University of Wollongong
2006 Graduate Honours
Blake Cochran (Hons 1) PhD Candidate. University of Wollongong
Russell Crighton (Hons 2.1) Enrolled Degree in Medicine. University of Wollongong
Lisa Hawley (Hons 1) PhD Candidate. University of Wollongong
Joshua Kirk (Hons 1) Research Assistant. University of Wollongong
Anna Mariana (Hons 1) Research Assistant. Westmead Children's Hospital. Sydney
Christopher McKay (Hons 1) Policy Division. Dept Agriculture. Fisheries and Forestry. Canberra
Angel Riepsamen (Hons 1 PhD Candidate. University of Wollongong
Jennifer Saville (Hons 2.1) PhD Candidate. University of Wollongong
Shih Ping Su (Hons 2.1) PhD Candidate. University of Wollongong
Paula Woodbridge (Hons 2.1) Research Assistant. Garvan Institute. Sydney

*Previous years available within the School