Master of Biotechnology student published in peer reviewed journal

Master of Biotechnology student Ruchir Raman has written an article that was published in the respected Taylor & Francis journal GM Crops & Food.

The article, “The impact of Genetically Modified (GM) crops in modern agriculture: a review”, was written as part of Mr Raman’s coursework for the Industry Project in Biotechnology, a flagship subject in the Master of Biotechnology at the University of Melbourne.

With the encouragement of his lecturers, Mr Raman then decided to “attempt the impossible”, and submit his article to a peer reviewed publication.

This kicked off what Mr Raman calls a “roller coaster journey of emotions”, that began with what is a common and dreaded occurrence for academics worldwide, a rejection letter. Instead of giving up, Mr Raman persisted, and submitted his article to other journals.

After several more rejection letters, Mr Raman had a breakthrough with GM Crops & Food.

“When they were reviewing my manuscript, I was already preparing a pitch on my laptop to another journal in anticipation of a rejection,” says Mr Raman.

“I was really relieved and elated when they emailed back stating my article was potentially accepted for publication pending peer revisions. The reviewers’ demands were thankfully quite reasonable and I was able to revise the manuscript appropriately.”

Mr Raman says he received a lot of support and encouragement throughout the process from Dr Matthew Digby, who coordinates the Master of Biotechnology, and Ms Fiona Simpson, who manages placements for the Industry Project.

“I also received a lot of emotional support from my peers, who were very encouraging throughout the whole process,” he says.

“This was important as I was heading into uncharted territory, and needed all the support I could get.”

After many long nights finding and reading articles and reports, writing and editing his article, and then re-editing to different journal specifications, along with juggling commitments from his other subjects, Mr Raman says he has no regrets.

He recently graduated from the Master of Biotechnology, and hopes to work in the food sciences industry and continue to pursue his interest in genetically modified crops.

Find out more about the Master of Biotechnology here.

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