This article was published in the 2017 Term 2 GYC Newsletter after teacher Gavin Wakefield received an email from Mahalia’s mother.

Medical research draws Mahalia

Mahalia 2628Mahalia Kingsley (2015) is now in her second year at the University of Tasmania where she is studying a Bachelor of Biotechnology and Medical Research, with a major in pathology.

She is also undertaking a Bachelor of Philosophy under the High Achiever’s Program. This allows her to undertake summer internships, the equivalent of a zoology major along with several leadership-focused units.

Mahalia also spent last summer on an internship at the Menzies Institute under a scholarship program. There she was part of the team working on a vaccine for the second strain of the Tasmanian Devil Facial Tumour Disease. As a volunteer, she has also undertaken data collection field trips run by the faculty of Zoology.

In her first year at UTAS, she qualified for the Vice Chancellor’s Leadership Award. Based on last year’s results, Mahalia has been selected as a high achiever by the Faculty of Biological Sciences.

This year, Mahalia is employed by the university as a Peer Assisted Study Session (PASS) leader. In this capacity, she supports first year students studying particularly challenging subjects.

Mahalia is looking into research opportunities as she hopes to secure an immunology internship in France. She has made inquiries into Honours research at the Menzies Institute and intends to work towards a PhD.

top: Mahalia, right, helps an Honours student trap and collect data on Tasmanian devils and quolls.