Students showcase cutting-edge research at annual PhD poster event

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Students from across biology, chemistry, physics, maths and psychology at the University of Sheffield shared the latest research with visitors to the annual Science Graduate School Showcase.

The event, held on Wednesday 20 March, featured 170 PhD students, who presented posters on topics ranging from black holes and the solar system to the debate around genetically modified organisms.

It was a chance for students and staff to learn more about the research being carried out in Sheffield, outside their own disciplines. Undergraduate students also had the opportunity to learn about postgraduate study opportunities, in a dedicated session hosted by Matt Lloyd, International Recruitment Officer for the Faculty of Science.

A team of academic staff made up the judging panel that chose ten students to win Outstanding Poster prizes. They went to:

  • Media portrayal of GMOs in the light of Brexit by Roberta Fabrizi, Department of Animal and Plant Sciences
  • Are Common Guillemot (Uria aalge) eggs self-cleaning? by Duncan Jackson, Department of Animal and Plant Sciences
  • Investigating cellular responses to the typhoid toxin of Salmonella Typhi by Mohamed El-Ghazaly, Department of Biomedical Science
  • The Calling Card of an Actin Nucleator: Does Las17 Influence the Intrinsic Structure of Actin Filaments? by Sarah Gratton, Department of Biomedical Science
  • Microporous cleaners: Removal of fluoride from contaminated water with novel polymers by Thomas Robshaw, Department of Chemistry
  • Development of titanium-based molecular compounds for potential porous and photocatalytic materials by Feifan Lang, Department of Chemistry
  • Superradiant effects in electromagnetically-charged black holes by Visakan Balakumar, School of Mathematics and Statistics
  • Peroxisome biogenesis and inheritance converge at the peroxisomal membrane protein Pex3 by Georgia Hulmes, Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology
  • Non-Fullerene Acceptors in Organic Photovoltaics by Emma Spooner, Department of Physics and Astronomy
  • What factors drive the somatotopic organization of the hand representation in human somatosensory cortex? by Laura Rose Edmondson, Department of Psychology

The Student Choice prize was awarded to Emma Daffern-Powell in the Department of Physics and Astronomy for her poster, Planet 9 from Outer Space: Is there a stolen planet in our Solar System?

Many thanks to our sponsors this year; Bio-techne, New England Biolabs, Nikon, SLS, Thorlabs and the Biochemical Society.

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