Student profile: Hong Kiat Lim

Thinking out of the box

Hong Kiat Lim

It’s more application based rather than just regurgitating what you study in textbooks

“The approach of the ANU is a lot about thinking out of the box,” explains Hong Kiat Lim, who completed Honours in immunology.

Hong Kiat came to the ANU three years ago from Singapore to study a Bachelor of Science (Advanced)(Honours) as part of an ANU Science Articulation Agreement. The agreement meant that after completing a diploma at Ngee Ann Polytechnic in Singapore, Hong Kiat was given a one year exemption for this ANU Bachelors degree.

Hong Kiat said being able to study overseas was something he always wanted to do, and the ANU was a natural place to come.

“I always wanted to go abroad to study because of the exposure and cultural exchange opportunities. After studying in Singapore for 18 years, I just wanted to get out a bit. I came to Australia a couple of times, and really liked it. And ANU is a top university in Australia, so it was a natural choice for me.”

Hong Kiat has handed in his Honours project.

“I focused on immunology throughout all my studies,” he explained. “When I was in Singapore doing my diploma I became interested in the field. It’s very fascinating to know how the immune system works.”

“My Honours project was about investigating a supporting cell type, called stromal cells which support the production of blood and stem cells. We looked for these supporting cells in mice, finding out where they are located. Knowing this, we would be able to understand the environment that produces the stem cells, which could potentially enhance blood stem cell transplantation in the future.”

It’s these practical approaches that Hong Kiat likes about studying at the ANU.

“I like studying the practical effects of science. It’s more application based rather than just regurgitating what you study in textbooks,” he concluded.

Hong Kiat Lim is now a PhD Student in the O'Neil Group at the Research School of Biology.

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