"I would be on the frontline protecting Australian lives from COVID-19."
Zubin Turakhia describes his work on CSL’s COVID-19 vaccine as, “The most important thing to happen in my career. I’m really proud I made the decision to move to Australia.”
Zubin’s journey started after he completed a Masters in Biochemistry in India. He was looking beyond his own country to pursue further studies at a world-renowned university.
“I searched for the top universities in Australia and found that Victoria had eight of them. I chose the University of Melbourne because it was number one.”
A few years later, Zubin graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Masters in Biotechnology and started his work in vaccine quality control at Seqirus (subsidiary of CSL).
Seqirus is a leading company in the influenza vaccine space and boasts 100 years of history in bringing new medical advancements to Australians. In November 2020, it was announced that CSL Australia’s two business arms Behring and Seqirus, would be domestically manufacturing the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.
“The announcement was a proud moment. I would be on the frontline protecting Australian lives from COVID-19.”
As a Quality Control Chemistry Analyst, Zubin performs tests on raw materials used to manufacture the COVID-19 and flu vaccines. Everything from temperature monitoring to the pH level requires meticulous checking before reaching the Australian population.
“My primary role involves ensuring everything is perfect, and I pride myself in what I do. I am really pedantic about compliance, making sure nothing goes wrong as people’s lives are at stake.”
With the pandemic recovery on track, Zubin is looking forward to doing more of the things he loves in Victoria. “Before I even came to Australia, I was looking up some of the best drives in the world which Victoria has. Especially the Great Ocean Road.”
“If someone from home wanted to move here, I would assure them they wouldn't regret it. Victoria is a beautiful place to live in with diverse cultures and a great lifestyle.”