Foundation student Masa Oi, paid QAHS a visit

It is always a real honour to welcome back our graduates and to hear about the wonderful things they are doing as they move into the next phase of their lives.  We recently had foundation Year 10 student and 2010 graduate, Masa Oi, call in and it was great to get an update on some of his post QAHS experiences.  We were just as excited as Masa, to learn of his invitation to the G20 Summit session with US President Obama.   Masa still wears his QAHS lab coat for Griffith University  (GU) pracs and laboratory tutorials which he says is always an  immediate connection for graduate QAHS students at GU.  Masa now moves into Medicine at Griffith University for 2015.

Just a summary of some of Masa’s update, and he has only just turned 20 years of age:

  • Graduated Bachelor of Biomedical Science at Griffith University in 2013
  • Honours in Bachelor of Biomedical Science at Griffith University 2014

2014 Research

  • “The Effect of Chronic Pravastatin Therapy on Myocardial Mechanical Function and Infarct Size in an Obese Rodent Model”

Research Methodology Experiences

  • Animal models for research
  • Glucose Tolerance Tests
  • DEXA Scans
  • Langendorff Reperfusion system
  • Evans Blue Staining
  • LDH Sample analysis
  • Miller Catheterisation
  • Western Blotting and Gel Electrophoresis

Computer Program Experiences

  • Image J – used extensively for calculating the percentage areas of infarct and AAR sizes
  • Labchart – measuring pressures and heart rates during Langendorff Reperfusion system
  • Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint – primary for analysis of data and construction of thesis
  • GraphPad Prism – used for data analysis, including determining statistical significances, and formulating graphs for presentation
  • SPSS Statistics program – used to calculate statistical analysis, similar to GraphPad Prism

Leadership Roles/Experiences

  • 2013-2014 School of Medical Science Student Liaison Committee Member
  • Griffith G20 Scholar
  • Meeting with US President Barrack Obama during visit to University of Queensland for G20 Summit
  • G20 Brisbane Pre-Summit Conference
  • Griffith G20 Interfaith Summit
  • Queensland Servant Leadership Forum Delegate hosted by Queensland State Parliament
  • Golden Key International Honour Society President for 2015
  • Presented at the Griffith Annual Student Leadership Conference

Mentoring/Teaching Experiences

  • 2014 School of Medical Science Mentor
  • 2012–2014 Golden Key International Honour Society International Mentor
  • 2012-2014 Lab Demonstrator/Tutor

Social Development Experiences

  • 2012 – 2014 Vice President School of Medical Science Student Representative Council
  • 2014 Griffith University Gold Coast Student Guild Executive Member
  • 2012-2014 Gold Coast Student Guild Crew
  • 2014 IMPACT Youth Social Enterprise Delegate
  • 2014 IMPACT Youth Social Enterprise University Ambassador

Of course we were thrilled to have Masa tell us that his QAHS experience was the significant foundation for his broad tertiary successes.  It is clear that his commitment to the notion of CAS service elements is strong.  We look forward to having Masa attend a 2015 QAHS Assembly, to share with students, how the IB and QA experience has influenced his post QAHS life.

Jane Sleeman

Pictured – Masa Oi, with Deputy Principal, Mr Garry Brown.