At just 18, sport-loving Cody Thomson made the move from Nagambie to Melbourne, to study Biomedicine at VU. Thanks to his academic talents, his interest in health, and support from Moondani Balluk Indigenous Academic Unit, Cody is now excelling in honours, and looks towards an energising future.
“As a kid growing up in regional Victoria, I was passionate about sport – I was a keen runner and competed in Aussie Rules and cricket.
In the early days, moving far from home and jumping right into city and uni life was challenging.
But I found particularly in first year, the teaching staff were encouraging and approachable, which was so important to my transition from school.
I’m enjoying discovering more about my Aboriginal history – my family is part of the Wurundjeri tribe of the Kulin nation in Victoria, where several VU campuses are located.
I was accepted into honours in 2021 – my thesis examines exercise and its effects on mitochondrial DNA in the blood. It’s cool to look at how our immune response is stimulated during exercise. I’m glad to be contributing to a large body of research that has future implications to discovering more about disorders and human health.
I’d like to pursue postgraduate study; eventually I hope to work in strength and conditioning, perhaps even at an elite sport club.”