Libby Martin was inspired to pursue postgraduate study after an undergraduate project allowed her to explore the intersection of two medical sciences.
“My high school strongly encouraged taking science, and biology was one of my favourite subjects, so I decided to study Biomedical Science after leaving school.
“I chose the University of Auckland because it is one of the top-rated universities in New Zealand, with excellent science facilities. I’m not from Auckland, so another important factor in my decision-making was hearing that the first-year halls were fun. Living in a hall was a great way for me to easily meet new people.
I decided to pursue postgraduate studies after a lab-group project that assessed how melanoma enters the brain. This combined my two fields of interest: Neuroscience and Cancer Biology. That experience really sharpened my interest in postgrad study.
"I think there is a common misconception that lab work is the only area for graduates to work in, but a degree in Biomedical Science gives you a strong foundation for a career in multiple fields, including policy work and clinical research."