Biomedical science student Annika Bounkeua pirouetted from ballet into STEM and is excited to see where her biomedical studies take her
Before biomedical science was on her radar, Annika was training to be a professional ballerina with the Queensland Ballet. But a major injury made her reconsider her path. “After my injury, I began to engage in research on the recovery process, which sparked my interest in health and STEM,” she explains.
Annika made the leap and applied for a Bachelor of Biomedical Science at QUT. She received a scholarship to study and is learning about how the body functions. “With a wide range of disciplines to tailor your degree towards your field of interest, alongside weekly practical classes in state-of-the-art laboratory facilities, I’ve had the opportunity to focus on my areas of interest within health and have gained experience in the laboratory that will set me up for a great career,” she says.
Take your place
As part of her studies, Annika has recently completed a placement with the Advanced Epilepsy Unit at the Mater Hospital Brisbane. Here she was involved in assisting with diagnosing, managing, and treating epilepsy patients. With the recent COVID-19 pandemic, Annika believes that biomedical sciences are needed now more than ever. “Research, production, preparation and analysis of samples related to infectious diseases and health is done by biomedical researchers and scientists,” she says. “There are so many opportunities.”
Dreaming of a STEM gig? Annika says you should get involved early on and immerse yourself.
Annika’s path (so far!)
- Bachelor of Biomedical Science, (Human Physiology), QUT
- President, BiOMS (QUT Biomedical Science Society)
- QUT Academic Excellence Scholarship Recipient
This article was created in partnership with QUT and originally appears in the QUT STEM Guide 2022. Discover career paths and degrees in biomedical science, engineering, data science, cyber security, design and more over at our QUT hub.
Author: Louise Meers
Louise is Careers with STEM’s digital content strategist. She has a journalism degree from the University of Technology, Sydney and has spent over a decade writing for youth. She is passionate about inspiring young people to achieve their biggest goals and build a better future.