Parasitology alumni reunion

Parasitology alumni reunion

Illuminate newsletter index page, March 2020
March 2020

PhD student Simona Seizova reflected on her
professional journey.

The Tapestry Lounge was abuzz with generosity and warmth.

That was the all-round feeling in late February when more than 50 alumni, staff and students gathered at the Institute to reconnect and reflect on their time working in the area of parasite research.

Some attendees had travelled from interstate and overseas, having also attended the Molecular Approaches to Malaria conference in Lorne, Victoria.

Opportunity to reconnect

Alumni relations adviser Belinda Zipper said these reunions offered a key opportunity for alumni to reconnect with past colleagues and hear the latest from the Institute.

Professor Alan Cowman presented an overview of the history and achievements of parasite research at the Institute,” Ms Zipper said.

“He was followed by PhD student Simona Seizova, who reflected on her ambitions moving into medical research and how the Institute has supported her professional journey.

After five years of postdoctoral experience overseas,
Dr Graham Mitchell (back) returned to the Institute in
1973 at the invitation of then-director Sir Gustav Nossal
(foreground) and set up a new lab concerned with the
immunology of parasitism.

“Then, we were treated to a spontaneous presentation from alumnus Dr Graham Mitchell AO, who established the Institute’s parasitology program in the 1970s.

"Dr Mitchell's fond memories of the program were welcomed by the audience, as he took the podium and presented an inimitable tribute to the great work of the Institute, its staff and alumni.”

The reunion and canape dinner gave plenty of time for alums to reconnect, network and socialise with past colleagues, staff and students.

To join the alumni network, find out about upcoming events or update your details, email or call 03 9345 2928.

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