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Three Minute Thesis (3MT©) Competition 2020

Brunel Graduate School proudly hosted their first ever online 3MT Finals via Zoom on 30 June 2020.  This successful live event showcased the 3minute presentations of the nine finalists and concluded with the announcement of the winners. Professor William Leahy impressed the masses by chairing this event in his full diner jacket and bow tie. The Graduate School Team worked tirelessly behind the scenes in bringing this event together, with the support of the Brunel Events Team. Our panel of judges included Professor Julia Buckingham, Professor William Leahy, Professor Benjamin Zephaniah, Liz Flint and Saqlian Suleman (2019 3MT winner) .The judges were marvelled by the quality of the 3 minute presentations, which our finalists filmed from their homes, while, in lockdown.   

Biologist Denise Ragusa blew the competition out of the water at our 3MT final to win the top prize of £500 and defeating eight fellow doctoral researchers to the title in front of an online audience.  

Denise won the competition with a three minute synopsis of her research into the development of a cellular model for infant leukaemia using gene editing, with a presentation called ”Can gene editing help us understand infant leukaemia?” Her supervisors are Dr Sabrina Tosi and Prof Arturo Sala from the College of Health and Life Sciences.  

Coming a close second was Angel Naveenathayalan from the College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences, who won £200 for her presentation called  “Conceptual Design and Development of an Organ-on-a-Chip Research tool to Investigate the Initiation, Progression and Treatment of Bacterial Vaginosis” which aims to create a realistic model that can potentially replace animal testing and gain a better understanding and treatment of Bacterial Vaginosis, the most common vaginal infection to affect women. Angel’s supervisors are Dr Ruth Mackay, Dr Elisabete Silva and Prof Wamadeva Balachandran. 

Third was Shasheen Payoe, from the College of Health and Life Sciences, who won £100 and his research aims to unlock the true potential of Nanoparticles. Shasheen is supervised by Dr Gudrun Stenbeck and Dr Uday Kishore.  

Mechanical Engineer Sankarshan Verma won the hearts of the audience and the People’s Choice award with 68% of the votes for his research into vacuum insulation panels for cold chain equipment like refrigerators, fish boxes and refrigerated trucks. His presentation was called “Innovative Vacuum Insulation Panels for Refrigerators”. He is supervised by Dr Harjit Sing and Dr Jan Wissink.  

The challenge behind the Three Minute Thesis competition is for doctoral researchers to communicate their research to non-specialist audience in exactly three minutes, using one slide. 

Congratulations to everyone involved in the year's final and thanks for tuning in.  

For any questions relating to the 3MT please contact Ms Sarah Benbow, Events and Administration Manager sarah.benbow@brunel.ac.uk 

Please keep an eye out for the 3MT 2021 competition coming soon.   

Annual Brunel Doctoral Research Poster Conference 4-5 June 2019

Showcasing the best in postgraduate research

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The poster conference will be taking place and more information will follow shortly on the new date and new guidelines.


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