Access to a network of world leaders in research and cutting-edge facilities attracted Dr Anthony Musumeci to AIBN. Once he arrived to start his PhD, he also found a spirit of collaboration, plenty of support and a chance to travel around the world. Now, Dr Musumeci has graduated and is a Commercial Manager at qutbluebox. Dr Musumeci takes this chance to look back....

AIBN offers young researchers the opportunity to work in a truly collaborative work place with world-leading researchers and opportunities to travel and experience other research laboratories around the world through AIBN’s extensive contacts.

What most impressed me about the AIBN was the quality of facilities available. My laboratory experiments were not carried out within a single lab in the AIBN, but rather within multiple labs in the AIBN, Chemistry and Pharmacology to ensure the best outcomes could be achieved. Whilst at the AIBN, I published five articles in international peer reviewed journals. I also published in the Royal Australian Chemical Institute magazine and a large number of conference proceedings.

I had the chance to travel extensively at the AIBN. In fact, I would have spent more than a year working in different laboratories nationally or internationally and attending conferences. During my PhD, I had the chance to travel to the USA twice, to attend international conferences in Switzerland and Amsterdam and also visited work colleagues at Cambridge University.  At a national level, I spent six months working at the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation, I attended six national conferences in Brisbane, an international conference in Sydney, two international conferences in Melbourne and a national conference in Adelaide.

During my PhD, I was fortunate enough to be involved in the AIBN Student Association (ASA). The ASA is the “social club” of the AIBN. They host many fun and informative events throughout the year supported financially by the AIBN Executive Committee and other kind donations. Additionally, most of the large research groups often have a good social culture with numerous barbecues and other events held throughout the year.

AIBN has set me up for a successful career by allowing me to complete a PhD at a respected institution, under the guidance of world-class researchers. The wealth of contacts made within the AIBN and the research community more broadly will greatly benefit me in my future career endeavours.