March 2017 | Márta 2017

PhD Student Takes ENGAGE Accessible Science Trophy

Sat, 25 March 17 13:13

Presenting the Trophy to Ms Stephanie Whelan, the College Principal Prof Joe Carthy and Ms Caroline Gill (NovaUCD).

Congratulations to PhD student Ms Stephanie Whelan who took the top prize at the UCD School of Biomolecular and Biomedical Science ENGAGE Accessible Science event.  Hosted by Dr Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin, the popular SBBS event saw a shortlist of six PhD students from both SBBS and the School of Medicine compete for the ENGAGE 2017 trophy in front of a large audience in the Moore Auditorium on the 29th March 2017.

Stephanie, a Ph. D. student in Dr Katherine Howell's group provided the audience with a fascinating insight into her research on a potential cure for the lung disease, emphysema.  Runner-up was Philippa Fowler from Dr Niamh O'Sullivan's group (SBBS) who captivated the audience with her description of using the common fruit fly to investigate debilitating genetic disorders termed 'hereditary spastic paraplegias'.

In his opening address Prof Wim Meijer (Head of School, UCD School of Biomolecular & Biomedical Science) emphasised the importance of communicating scientific knowledge to the general public to enable society to make informed decisions.

On presenting the prizes, chair of the judging panel, Ms. Caroline Gill (NovaUCD), commended all six finalists on the clarity of their presentations. Other members of the judging panel were Dr Seamus Kelly (UCD School of Public Health), Mr Brian Mooney (Guidance counsellor and Education Columnist) and Dr Karl Quinn (Nova UCD).

Stephanie is a UCD Graduate of the BSc in Biomedical, Health & Life Science degree (UCD BHLS 2014) and is currently in her third year of a PhD in translational medicine programme under the supervision of Dr Katherine Howell.  Stephanie’s research thesis is entitled ‘Elucidating the potential role of Erythropoietin in the treatment of emphysema’.  Following a scholarship as a physiology medical trainee, Stephanie contributes to teaching of both medical and science undergraduate students whilst undertaking her research.