Successes at Honours Project Symposium 2022

Published on 19 January 2023

Our annual Honours Project Symposium returned as an in-person event for the first time in three years last month.

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Over two days, all students presented a poster about the work undertaken in their Honours project with some participating in competitive talks.

Our degree programmes offer a range of project types. They include individual lab-based research, group lab-based research, dissertation with Data Analysis, science communication and bio-business. These projects are undertaken across the Schools of Life Sciences and Medicine during the first semester.

The symposium closed with a prize giving ceremony with Vice-Principal Education Blair Grubb congratulating the winners of the competitive talks. Jordan Fraser, President of the Life Science Society, awarded student-led prizes for the best posters and talks. The Symposium was organised by Programme Leads Stephen Kelley and Sheriar Hormuzdi, all members of the D’Arcy Thompson Unit and DTU Teaching Support team, in particular Steve Scott and Carrie Strachan. The markers came from the Schools of Medicine and Life Sciences.

The winners of the competitive talks were:

  • Best Biological Competitive Talk - Amberene Qayyum
    • Characterising Nanobodies Against Immunomodulatory HpARI3 Protein Secreted by Heligmosomoides polygyrus
    • Supervisor: Dr Henry McSorley, Cell Signalling and Immunology, School of Life Sciences
  • Biological Highly Commended Talk - Maitane Sandonis Perez
    • Developing a Method for Recombinant Antibody Production
    • Supervisor: Dr Paul Davies, MRC Protein Phosphorylation & Ubiquitylation Unit, School of Life Sciences
  • Best Biomedical Competitive Talk - Zara Findlay (joint winner)
    • Can parasite-derived immunomodulatory proteins suppress IL-33 signalling?
    • Supervisor: Henry McSorley, Cell Signalling and Immunology, School of Life Sciences
  •  Best Biomedical Competitive Talk - Yashika Relan (joint winner)
    • The effect of Glutaredoxin-1 in Western diet induced cardiovascular pathology: an assessment of sexual dimorphism in a mouse model
    • Supervisor: Colin Murdoch, Systems Medicine, School of Medicine
  • Biomedical Highly Commended Talk - Emma Carfrae
    • The spike protein from SARS-Cov-2 mediates syncytia formation that is p53 isoform dependent
    • Supervisor: Jean-Christophe Bourdon, Cellular Medicine, School of Medicine

Poster prize winners will be announced later and presented with their prizes at graduation.


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