Most students are happy to lay down their pens after submitting their honours thesis. But not Tze How Goh.
The Bachelor of Science (Advanced) honours student has just finished his thesis, but is already back in the lab, continuing his research into treatments for diabetes.
“My interest in the work has only intensified over time,” he says.
“In fact, I feel like I’m getting more and more into it, even after four years of study at ANU.”
Tze’s interest is driven by the importance of his research, which looks at how protein intake relates to type 2 diabetes.
“We are trying to block the protein transporter that absorbs protein from the diet. If you can do that, you can probably help counter the effects of type 2 diabetes.”
Tze moved to Canberra from Malaysia in order to pursue his interest in biotechnology. Sponsorship from the Malaysian Public Service covers his tuition fees, accommodation and a living allowance.
“I chose to study at ANU because it is geographically close to Malaysia and because it was the highest-ranked university in Australia.”
Tze says that the networking opportunities offered at ANU was an important part of his degree, and the reason his research project “just grew and grew”.
“When you go to conferences, you meet people, you start collaborations, and you get new ideas about how to improve your project.
“And with every suggestion to extend my research, I would think, ‘Why not?’
“Science isn’t just about staying in a lab, getting results and publishing them. Science is about connectivity.”