Simon Lee

I am a mature age student with a passion for the sciences and the scientific method. After previously studying engineering and UQ I spent some time trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life. Being a lifelong learner, I continued to dabble in learning all manner of things. I discovered Bayes’ theorem and the scientific method, which gave me a deep appreciation for science and scientists.

My decision to go back to uni was motivated by the birth of my son. While my wife was pregnant I read all about the developing mind and body from conception to adulthood. I became awestruck with biological science. Having never taken it seriously before, I was now overcome with reverence and wonder. At the end of my readings I was shocked and frustrated by the lingering unanswered questions. I wanted answers and I wanted them now. It was then that I knew I wanted to get a biology PhD and do research.

Biology is a big subject though and I found myself at a buffet table for science majors. I eventually settled on genetics and bioinformatics because these two fields are exploding right now and I wanted to be at the front line of discovery, uncovering what is not yet known to humanity and changing the world for the better.