International Student of the Year – Research (joint winner)
Wilson is currently completing his PhD in Philosophy at the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health, University of Melbourne. Prior to pursuing his clinical and research training in Melbourne, he graduated as a physician from the University of Espiritu Santo in Ecuador. His PhD is focused on the effects of mutations in a gene called Recql4 that develop a disease called Rothmund-Thomson Syndrome. To date, he has published six articles in prestigious journals with numerous citations. His long-term career goal is to improve the treatment and outcomes for children with cancer.
This award means everything to me. The moment I got to be a finalist I was like ‘is this happening? Is it not?’. Even now, when I won the award, I am thinking ‘is this real?’.
I was initially looking at Melbourne and Sydney to study and then a few students who are studying in Melbourne and Sydney said, ‘You should come to Melbourne. It has so much to offer and is so lively’.