Guy Cameron

Guy Cameron

Mechanisms Underlying Immune Cell-Mediated Repair of the Kidney Following Injury
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Hi! Tell us a bit about yourself – what stage of your PhD are you in and what’s your project about?

Hi everyone! My name is Guy and I’m currently in my 3rd and final year of a PhD in Immunology and Microbiology. My research primarily focuses on investigating roles of our immune system outside of the typical pathogen surveillance. I’m interested in understanding how we may modulate type II immune processes as a therapeutic approach for sterile acute kidney injury, in addition to the damage induced by ascending urinary tract infections. The overall goal is to significantly advance knowledge of urinary tract biology and to identify the next line of therapeutics.

What does a typical day or week look like for you?

I’m based in the laboratory at the Hunter Medical Research Institute. My week typically involves running In Vivo models, and utilising a wide range of laboratory tests on the tissues obtained from these model systems. In addition to this, I provide one-on-one tutoring to indigenous and Torres straight islander students in obtaining equal opportunities through the Wollotuka Institute at The University of Newcastle.

What’s one thing that you’ve enjoyed the most during your PhD?

By far the the thing I’ve enjoyed the most is the great people I’ve met along the journey who’ve been there for me during the most challenging times.

What’s been the most challenging part of it?

Although the COVID-19 pandemic caused delays to crucial experimental models for my project, it’s the relocation of my primary supervisor to another university which has been the most challenging part of my PhD journey. Although my future plans had been ripped to shreds, my colleagues and I have helped each other through these difficult and unprecedented times.

Where do you see yourself 5 years after completing your PhD?
My ultimate goal is to make an advancement in knowledge, which brings about better healthcare. In progress towards this I can see myself as a post-doctoral researcher in 5 years and be working towards leading a multidisciplinary team with a focus in biological therapies.

What’s one piece of advice that you’d offer students that are thinking of doing a PhD?
In short, be selective. Select a PhD opportunity which is interesting to you and which you believe is important first and foremost. Equally as important is selecting a supervisor / team which you get along with, are supportive about work / life balance and which have the resources to ensure you’re able to complete your PhD.

What makes your university a good place to study?

The University of Newcastle is built on the core principals of equity, excellence and engagement. The research opportunities are world-class and diverse with our researchers making an impact throughout Australia and worldwide. In addition, The University of Newcastle is situated in an amazing location, here in Newcastle we have some amazing beaches, bush walks and heritage.

Lastly, what do you enjoy doing in your free time?

I love visiting new locations and exploring the bush. Outside of this I enjoy spending time with my friends and family.

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