Young scientists to present research at House of Commons

Two young researchers from the University of Dundee have been selected to present their work at the House of Commons.

Mohapradeep Mohan from the School of Medicine will discuss how to treat cardiovascular diseases with the world’s most common diabetes drug metformin, while PhD student Vasiliki Bitsouni will present her findings on mathematical modelling of cancer invasion.

The pair are among young researchers from across the UK who will share their work with a range of politicians and a panel of expert judges at the Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) for Britain event on Monday, 13th March.

Mohapradeep, a British Heart Foundation Fellow at the University, said, “I am extremely delighted about this opportunity to present my research and about being nationally recognised at this prestigious event.

“This not only provides early-stage scientists like me with a unique platform to showcase our research to the policy makers of this country, but also a fantastic opportunity to learn about other exciting cutting-edge research happening across the UK.”

Vasiliki said, “I applied to take part in STEM for Britain as it is a great event and an excellent opportunity for early-career researchers to showcase their research to important people.

“I was thrilled to be selected to present my work in Parliament. It is a huge honour for me to participate at such a prestigious exhibition and a wonderful chance to meet interesting and successful people and present my work to them.”

Both scientists were shortlisted from hundreds of applicants to appear at STEM for Britain, an annual event organised by the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee, together with the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Institute of Physics and the Society of Biology.

James Cant, Director at BHF Scotland, said, “Scientists throughout the country, like Mohapradeep, are questioning, searching and discovering new diagnoses and treatments thanks to our funded heart research in Scotland.

“I’m really proud that Mohapradeep has won his place on this prestigious scientific stage.”