Graduate Studies Day 2022 showcases exciting research from our postgraduate research students
On Wednesday 22 June, the Blizard Institute held its annual Graduate Studies Day to celebrate the work of our postgraduate research students.
The day consisted of a series of 13 oral presentations from our third-year students, who were already selected in a competitive process, and a total of 17 poster presentations from our second-year cohort. The standard of presentation was consistently high.
Congratulations to Joe Piper from the Prendergast Group in the Centre for Genomics and Child Health on winning first prize for his talk on 'The effect of HIV-exposure on school-age health outcomes in rural Zimbabwe'. Joe delivered his talk from Harare, Zimbabwe, while also parenting his four-year-old. Well done to second place winner Sarah Hindle from the Centre for Cell Biology and Cutaneous Research for her talk on 'Understanding Dynamic Immune Responses within a Fluidic 3D in vitro Human Skin Model.'
A special mention should also go to Beverley Rodger (Immunobiology) and Soha Tawfik (Cell Biology and Cutaneous Research) who were very close runners up.
Congratulations also to James Holt (Immunobiology) for his poster presentation on 'Crosstalk between the innate immune system and transposable elements in early development', and to Elena Garitta (Cell Biology and Cutaneous Research) for her poster presentation on 'Multipolar iPSC-derived hepatocyte model to study canalicular transporter disorders'; James and Elena were awarded first and second prize respectively. Special mentions also for Sophia Lunetto, Tom Kirk and Bethany Hughes who were very close runners up in the poster presentations.
Director of Graduate Studies, Professor Kenny Linton, said: "Graduate studies Day was a great success. The standard of presentation was consistently high and the judges congratulate all of the students for their engagement; their enthusiasm for their projects really came across strongly. All the refreshments were drunk too!"
Thank you to all the students and academics who volunteered their time to judge the posters and talks, and to our three group session chairs, Dr Emanuel Rognoni, Dr Miguel Branco, and Dr Claire Bourke.