Incredible PhD talent on display in Monash BDI 3MT final

Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute (BDI) PhD students compete annually in the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition, hoping ultimately to represent Monash University at the Asia-Pacific Final.

With exceptional talent on display, there were 10 strong contenders in the Monash BDI 3MT finals held on Monday 14 June.  If you missed the event, you can watch the recordings of their talks below.

Tightly contested, the two winners were Shirley Truong and Rachel Farquhar each taking home $200 and who will now compete in the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences (FMNHS) 3MT Final taking place online this week. Congratulations to Shirley, from the Department of Pharmacology, who delivered her talk titled “Relaxin’ the Brain Cata-stroke-phe’ and also to Rachel, from the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, who presented her talk titled “Lipids and your immune system”.

The Runner-up and People’s Choice Awards were taken out by Joanita D’Souza, from the Department of Physiology. Joanita receives $100 for each of these awards, and her talk was titled “enLIGHTening the mechanisms of attention in the brain”.

The calibre of the speakers this year was extremely high, so the Faculty Finals promise to be both informative and entertaining.

Voting closes at 11am on Friday 25 June, so vote for your favourite speaker now (requires Monash login):

Monash BDI 3MT Finalists – Click on the title to watch each presentation


About the Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute (BDI)

Committed to making the discoveries that will relieve the future burden of disease, the newly established Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute at Monash University brings together more than 120 internationally-renowned research teams. Spanning six discovery programs across Cancer, Cardiovascular Disease, Development and Stem Cells, Infection and Immunity, Metabolism, Diabetes and Obesity, and Neuroscience, Monash BDI is one of the largest biomedical research institutes in Australia. Our researchers are supported by world-class technology and infrastructure, and partner with industry, clinicians and researchers internationally to enhance lives through discovery.