Tahmina Tabassum

PhD in Genetic Engineering
Entrepreneurial PhD

Tahmina is pursuing her Doctor of Philosophy in Molecular Cell Biology and her project is building up on an ARC grant investigating development of novel CRISPR-based tool for safer genetic engineering of human stem cells. She completed a Master of Biotechnology degree with high distinction from Griffith University in 2021. Her study was partially funded by the Griffith International Excellence Scholarship. She achieved Griffith Award for High Academic Performance and is a lifetime member of Golden Key International Honours Society. She is currently a recipient of UQ Research Training Stipend Earmarked, UQ Research Training Tuition Fee Offset and Entrepreneurial Scholar PhD Top-up Scholarship. 

Tahmina describes her interests as multifaceted having played distinct roles in her career so far. She has been an International Student Ambassador for Griffith Mates which helped her develop leadership and soft skills. After graduating she took up the role of Research Assistant at Griffith Research Institute for Drug Discovery (GRIDD). She then transitioned into industry with a role as Research Consultant at Teleaus where her primary work involved scientific and website content preparation. She is trained in ACAD framework and volunteered at Griffith Leading Learning Student-Staff Partnership Program contributing to creative translations of science of learning to improve learning experience of Griffith community. 

After joining UQ, Tahmina has engaged in various university activities including UQ Ventures Validate Program where her team won third prize for their start-up pitch. She participated in U21 Global Citizenship by Common Purpose to advance knowledge of United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and demonstrated her capability to take rapid action for Goal 4: Education for all. In addition, Tahmina is currently appointed as Advancement Campaign Aide in UQ Alumni and Community Relations team.

Tahmina 's main interest lies in translational research and her aim is to build a dual career as a science leader and an entrepreneur. Tahmina enjoys networking through involvement in social events and conferences.

Tahmina believes in the pursuit of a purposeful life and happiness will follow. In her free time, she travels with her partner, watches Pokémon and drinks bubble tea.

Tahmina Tabassum