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Meet the Student: Chris Zhao

Student News
Monday, May 30, 2016 - 11:00am
Chris is an Honours student within the Surgical Research Group.

Chris Zhao

A bit about my research

I am an Honours student within the Surgical Research Group in the Infection and Immunity Theme. The project that I will be investigating will be the Morphologic analysis of the enteric nervous system in normal paediatric transverse colon. Colon samples in healthy children is sparsely characterised and presents a rare and interesting opportunity.

Why I chose to study at MCRI

I previously graduated from the Bachelor of Biomedicine at the University of Melbourne. Through my undergraduate studies, I have been able to explore my interests in both the clinical and scientific aspects of medical research. Subsequently it felt like a natural progression to pursue my scientific endeavours at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute with its strong ties between the Department of Paediatrics of the University of Melbourne and The Royal Children’s Hospital. Paediatrics is also fascinating not only from a developmental point of view but also from the potential for interventions to have significant impact upon later life.

Highlights of my time at MCRI so far

Highlights of my time at MCRI have been the opportunities provided to actively immerse myself within an environment very much at the summit of research advancement, the interface of clinical translation and its stimulating community to match. This includes, but isn’t limited to, the diverse range of illuminating seminars presented by equally diverse speakers throughout the week, the rigorous interchange of knowledge amongst peers and, perhaps most especially, the quiet nights I have been able to have behind a microscope.

Chris is a recipient of a 2016 MCRI Honours scholarship. For more information about Honours at MCRI click here.