Staff Profile: Ms Isabella Kong

Staff Profile: Ms Isabella Kong

Illuminate newsletter, December 2016
December 2016

Ms Isabella Kong, postgraduate student in genomics

Ms Isabella Kong
Postgraduate student

Describe your job...

As part of the Hawkins lab within the Institute's Immunology division, I spend most of my time on the flow cytometer and in the genomics research hub to understand how epigenetic drugs influence the immune response.

Best aspect of your job?

Coming across new and exciting findings.

How long have you worked here?

Since 2015, when I was an undergraduate student.

What’s one thing most people would be surprised to know about you?

I listen to K-pop.

What did you want to do when you were a child?

I wanted to be a K-pop idol!

What’s one thing your parents always told you?

Do anything that makes you happy. And no, you can’t be a K-pop idol!

Apart from working at the Institute, what’s the best job you’ve had?

Working in a phone repair store replacing other people’s smashed iPhone screens.

What is the best thing about living in Melbourne and why?

The weather. Where else can you experience 40 degrees AND 12 degrees all in one day?

What is your favourite overseas destination and why?

South Korea... for K-pop!

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