Where can education take you: Medical Scientist Andrew Phipps


Former student, Andrew Phipps, inspired the audience when he came back to speak at Claremont College’s Awards Evening earlier this year. Like many students in Years 11 and 12 he did not really know what he wanted to do after he completed his time at College. The diverse curriculum he chose, including English, science, mathematics and music, kept his options open and allowed him to pursue areas for which he had a passion.

Andrew started at Claremont College in Year 11 in 2009 studying Music Performance, Physical Sciences, Maths Methods and English Studies. In Year 12 he undertook Physics, Chemistry, Audio Design and Mathematics. Two years later in 2013, he began his University studies with a Bachelor of Biotechnology and Medical Research majoring in physiology, neuroscience and biochemistry with research projects in cancer genetics. He followed this with honours in Biotechnology and Medical Research and was given first class honours for his research and thesis in epigenetic alterations in Alzheimer’s disease.

This year Andrew has started his PhD in Medical Science, continuing his research into epigenetic alterations in Alzheimer’s disease, expanding upon the research he began last year.  He was awarded one of four scholarships throughout Australia and New Zealand in Alzheimer’s disease research, as well as co-funding through a second scholarship. Andrew says it has been a tough few years, but he is lucky to be working in an exciting field with great colleagues.

Andrew credits his time at Claremont College for building strong friendships and enabling great experiences, including his time involved in the College musical Grease and a range of other music experiences.

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