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James Henderson
Former PhD Student, Liver Injury & Cancer

“During my Honours year I discovered my passion for scientific research – with a particular interest in cancer research. I realised after completing my Honours that I wanted to further my lab-based experiences and that it would be better to study my PhD at a different institute, as it would open up opportunities and expose me to a wider set of academic influences.

Through a friend, I became aware of the Centenary Institute, and found a research group that greatly interested me. I contacted the lab head, Associate Professor Mark Gorrell, and he agreed to take me on as a PhD student.

Centenary has state of the art Flow Cytometry and Imaging equipment, and an impressive animal facility. Along with skilled technicians who go out of their way to train and provide as much assistance as possible, Centenary provides its students with access to a variety of cutting edge techniques and equipment.

The Centenary Institute is a great environment to study in. I was initially attracted to the Centenary Institute because of its excellent academic record and location.

A PhD is a big commitment and should not be entered into lightly, before considering a PhD, I would suggest that you explore your options and choose a project that interests you and a team which will provide you with the support you need.

The Centenary Institute will help you progress professionally and academically, and being on campus just a few blocks away from Newtown makes for a fun work environment.”

Ellie Powter
Former Honours Student and Research Assistant, Vascular Biology

“I spent a lot of time researching different labs and institutes before deciding to undertake my honours year at the Centenary Institute. I haven’t regretted my decision for a moment.

Centenary is the whole package: a world class research facility with state of the art equipment, weekly seminars from brilliant national and international researchers, staff who are leaders of their field and fun social events. To top it off, Centenary is nestled between RPA Hospital and USYD, so there is always a mix of clinicians, scientists and students to collaborate with and learn from.

Another great feature of Centenary is the range of research performed here. Whether you’re looking for basic science, translational research or a clinical focus, you can find it here. It’s very rewarding to meet and talk to a diverse range of scientists. At the end of the honours year, each student has the opportunity to present their work to the Institute; having feedback from scientists of different backgrounds is invaluable. These open-discussion meetings are not only a great place to practice presenting skills; it’s also great to meet like-minded people and discuss your projects.

What sets Centenary apart from other institutes is its superior equipment and resources. We have a world-class flow cytometry facility, gene analysis equipment and microscopes that rival the best in the world.

Several members from my honours cohort at Centenary got the opportunity to present at national conferences during the year. It certainly helped me prepare for the honours assessments, but it also helped me get a better idea of where my research fell in the broader field. This kind of exposure was invaluable for me in making decisions about future study.

Most importantly, in the years after my honours year at Centenary, I was able to publish my honours work, and have been involved in several other publications. This is why Centenary is extraordinary. The constant support and countless opportunities I have been given have propelled my career in science, and I feel proud to say I’m from Centenary.

So, fascinating novel research? Check! State of the art facilities? Check! Brilliant and supportive staff? Check! Opportunities to present and publish? Check! Great Location? Check! Centenary? Check!