Kian Jin Tan – Education Officer

Phone: +61 (3) 9340 3614

When I was young, people always asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”. I always said that I wanted be a scientist. One of the first few topics that I was particularly interested in was the reproductive cycles of different animals. My love for science never diminished as I went through school and I started my Bachelor of Biomedical Science at the University of Melbourne. While I was completing my bachelor degree, I found that I was really fascinated by genetics and how it determined the gender of organisms. I continued my studies, doing a Master of Science researching how the expression and transport of a protein called insulin-like growth factor (IGF) changes during the development of the tammar wallaby. My research covered the gene expression and protein localisation of IGF in the reproductive organs. I had also always loved talking to people about the amazing research in science and how they impact the world around us, so I decided to train as a teacher to share my excitement for science with young people.

My teaching philosophy revolves around empowering students in asking questions, collaborative learning, and scientific literacy. Questions are important in scientific research and I feel it’s equally important that students are able to ask questions without fear. Being able to ask questions also helps students build critical analytical skills towards the literature and experimental design. I also believe in collaborative learning, in all types of combinations of students, teachers and the public, to allow for a deeper understanding of difficult concepts and build up science communication skills. In our modern world, I believe that scientific literacy is important to help understand what is being posted in news articles and campaigns, as well as being able to make decisions based on critically analysis of the information provided.