Torres Strait Islander student thrilled to work with cancer researchers

22 February 2022

The University of Queensland Biomedical Science student Callan Rudd-McMahon has been working with the UQ Diamantina Institute, thanks to an internship arranged through CareerTrackers.

CareerTrackers is a national non-profit organisation that creates internship opportunities for Indigenous Australian university students.

Currently in his third year of studies, Callan has just completed his initial internship with UQDI and is considering returning during the winter or summer internship period.

He has been working with UQDI’s cancer team which researches immuno-oncology, using spatial profiling to analyse a range of interactions in the tumour microenvironment.

“I’ve been thrilled to be working with accomplished researchers who implement ground-breaking technology like NanoString to change the way we see cancer therapy,” Callan said.

His dream career aspirations are to work in either pathology or research, potentially in the field of cancer treatments, as he has really found an interest since this internship.

Callan, whose family comes from Thursday Island, praised the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit (ATSIS Unit) for providing resources such as study areas, tutors, yarning and access to the Career Trackers program.