Can you introduce yourself and tell us about your studies and why you choose HKU-Pasteur for your internship?
I am a French fourth-year medical student in Bordeaux, France. I did this two-months summer internship as a part of the research program my university proposes. As my dream speciality is infectious diseases, it is very naturally that I thought about the Institut Pasteur International Network. Also, Hong Kong was the ideal match for me as I used to live in China before and initially planned to practice Chinese.
Can you tell us about your experience here for the last two months?
At first, I was trained by João Pombo, who is a Mphil student here in HKU-Pasteur. He is very passionate about his work and has the talent of passing along his passion. I was very lucky to have him as a tutor and he was the most supportive and available, always answering the thousands of questions I had with kind patience.
As soon as I got used to the lab, I started working on my internship project, which was a small sliver of a much larger project. The fact that I had to cope with all aspects of scientific projects, from the design and planning of the experiments to their performance really made it a thrilling experience.
What are your plans for the future?
Before this internship, I had never really considered working in a lab but I was surprised to find out a stimulating and creative atmosphere in the lab, I loved the comradery, and how people have a profession where they can explore their curiosity and people give them freedom to do whatever they want.