Charles Sturt University
Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation

FGC shows visiting student the value of research

Spending four months in the laboratory at the Functional Grains Centre has convinced Belgium university student, Ms Louize Brants that research is the career for her.

Ms Louize BrantsThe medical laboratory science student from Karel de Grote University College in Antwerp has been working on a project examining the effects of phenolic compounds found in Australian coloured and white rice on cancer cells.

"Studying at the Functional Grains Centre has given me the opportunity to develop my laboratory skills with practical experience in cell culture," said Ms Brants.

"At home I wouldn't have had as much opportunity to practise and the experience has also helped me to develop critical thinking and I'm now sure that I want to go on to a career in research.

"Being able to combine my study with international travel has been wonderful and the research team has been very welcoming and always ready to answer my questions.

"I've already suggested to other students from my College that they should consider studying here."

The experience of living and studying in Wagga Wagga at Charles Sturt University (CSU) has also given Ms Brants an appreciation of Australia's natural environment.

"I was walking this morning and there was a possum in a tree and I often come across groups of Kangaroos.

"It's very beautiful here and it's the little things that you notice, like the different calls of the birds. That wouldn't happen in Belgium."

Ms Brants has been hosted by the FGC from February through to May and has been supervised by Professor Chris Blanchard, Dr Thiru Vanniasinkam and Dr Ken Chinkwo from CSU's School of Biomedical Sciences.

Dr Vanniasinkam said, "Having international students visit gives our students the opportunity to learn from students studying in another country, allowing exchange of ideas and opportunities to build collaborations with other universities that result in better outcomes for both the visiting student, our students and Charles Sturt University."

Ms Brants will present her research as part of the FGC seminar series from 3:30 pm on Thursday 1 June.

The Functional Grains Centre is an Australian Research Council (ARC) Industrial Transformation Training Centre and is an initiative of the Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation.