SMS Internship Program

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A glimpse into the 3 month internship program at the EMBL Australia node in Single Molecule Science

In January 2017, with the support of both Professor Ed Lavelle (Head of the School of Biochemistry and Immunology) at Trinity College Dublin Ireland and Professor Katharina Gaus (Head of the EMBL Australian Node in Single Molecule Science) at the University of New South Wales, Ailis O’Carroll set to work establishing a science internship program between the TBSI in TCD and the EMBL Australia Node in Single Molecule Science. After an intensive interview process, 10 students were selected by 3 labs to work for 3 months between June and August. This was soon followed by 2 students from Singapore being offered the same internship opportunity.

The new students, along with getting to experience the 'Aussie' lifestyle (with the beach just 5 minutes away from the university labs), were able to experience working in these labs excelling in advanced molecular imaging and single molecule science, that focus on transforming medicine by providing a molecular perspective on complex biological systems and processes. This work is underpinned by the new imaging and analysis technologies being developed by Professor Katharina Gaus, head of the EMBL Australia node of Single Molecule Science at UNSW's Lowy Cancer Research Centre and Deputy Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Advanced Molecular Imaging.The centre excels on the collaboration of researchers experienced in biophysics, biochemistry and cell biology as well as nanotechnology and nanofabrication!!

The students worked extremely hard and through their diligence, the students left a lasting impression, leading to potential PhD opportunities upon finishing their degrees.

Due to the immense success of this program (the first of its kind in this centre), the program will be extended to 6 months, starting this September, for which 7 new students have already been selected.

– Ailis O’Carroll and Ilina Bareja 


“The internship in the Gambin- Sierecki lab was a brilliant opportunity for me to work closely with researchers from all over the world on an exciting project that yielded promising data. I had a wonderful experience at UNSW and would definitely recommend the program!" 

Ava Meagher, TCD

My placement in UNSW was an amazing experience. It was fascinating to work on research with academics who are experts in their field and with such state of the art equipment and technology. It's an experience I would recommend for anyone considering a career in research science. I cannot recommend it highly enough.

Finian Leyden,TCD

"I never thought I'd have as much fun in a lab! Working here was such an amazing experience. The projects were so well planned and the people were beyond helpful. We all had such a lovely summer in Sydney and UNSW. " 

Joanne Coyle, TCD

New internships available

We look forward to playing host to more students from different parts of the world. Any enthusiastic students please contact Dr David Jacques ( Let us know a bit about yourselves including the areas that you are most interested in, the subjects you enjoy most, and what time of year you would be interested in coming to Sydney.


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