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2020 3MT competition

A photograph of the QMUL 3 Minute Thesis finalists, judges and organisers.The 2020 Queen Mary 3MT Final took place on 4 June online and we were joined by PhD students, staff, and family and friends of the five finalists from around the globe! All three Faculties were represented by our finalists and judging panel.

The winner was Vinaya Srirangam Nadhamuni from the Barts Cancer Institute, who also received the People's Choice award. Vinaya went on to compete against 52 other PhD students from across the UK at the Vitae 3MT® semi-final in July and was selected to be one of the six finalists in the Vitae 3MT® final! The final will be live streamed on 16 September 2020, 12:00-13:00. You can register on the Vitae website to watch the UK final, support Vinaya and vote for the People's Choice Award.

The Runner-up prize went to Hudair Samad from the School of Engineering and Materials Science.

Judging Panel:

  • Prof Janet De Wilde, Director of the Queen Mary Academy (Head Judge)
  • Prof Adrian Armstrong, Director of the Doctoral College
  • Dr Emily Burns, Director of the Centre for Public Engagement
  • Dr Christian Ilbury, Postdoctoral Research Assistant, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Dr Wajid Mannan, Postdoctoral Research Assistant, Science and Engineering
  • Dr Olga Eleftheriadou, Postdoctoral Research Assistant, Medicine and Dentistry


Vinaya Srirangam Nadhamuni (QMUL Winner & People's Choice Award and UK People's Choice Award), Barts Cancer Institute, The war on cancer: understanding the immune system’s strategies for fighting bowel cancer


Hudair Samad (Runner-up), School of Engineering and Materials Science, Is biopsy a necessary evil for cancer suspects?


Ahmed Hassan, School of Engineering and Materials Science, Fabric based soft robotic gripper 

Jasmin Kohnken-Sawall, School of Engineering and Materials Science, How do bone graft substitutes encourage stem cells to produce bone tissue?

Yue Wang, School of English and Drama, A Study of Dream Narrative in 19th Century British Literature