Michelle Cheung

What is your current position, and what do you do?
I am now working as an embryologist in an IVF clinic in Hong Kong.          

How did you transition into this current role from a science degree?
After finishing my degree, I applied for a Masters course in Melbourne, studying Clinical Embryology, and met my current boss who offered me a job to work as an embryologist in his clinic.  

How have you used the skills/knowledge that you acquired, from studying chemistry, in your current role?
What I used most during my Masters study and work are the soft skills that I gained while working in a chemistry laboratory, such as problem solving, organizing and planning, communicating and learning from other people. Even though I am not working in an area related to chemistry, these skills I gained are very useful for my current work.  

What achievement are you most proud of?
Finishing my Honours and Masters degrees. The Honors year was very challenging, and I knew nothing about embryology before starting my Masters, so I am very happy for completing both.

What are your interests outside of work?
I cook, I bake and I really enjoy watching movies alone.

What advice would you give to students starting their science careers?
Hold on to any chances you get, gain as much experience as you can, even if it is not your favorite job.

Is there anything else you would like to share?
Don’t be afraid of change. I changed from studying Medicinal Chemistry to Embryology. It was difficult at the beginning, but I am glad that I made the decision.

Return to 100 Faces of Chemistry