2021 CCS Three minute thesis competition

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Central Clinical School HDR students regularly compete in the "Three Minute Thesis" competition (3MT), offered in every Australian university. The CCS Three-Minute Thesis Competition is an opportunity for GR students to convey the relevance and importance of their research in just 3 minutes. It is an excellent opportunity to achieve a higher profile for research students and their work. The Monash 3MT finalist will then be invited to represent Monash University at the Asia-Pacific 3MT competition, which will be held in Queensland at the University of Queensland.

2021 CCS 3MT competition details


Assoc Prof Nigel Jones

Judging panel

Prof Terence O'Brien, Dr Karen Alt and Ms Julia Veitch

2021 3MT video link

Prize winners

  • Winner ($300) - Ms Georgia Symons
  • Runner-up ($200) - Ms Jacques Ma
  • People's choice ($50) - Mr Erskine Chu

Further details regarding the 3MT competition including rules and judging criteria can be found online.



Akshita Rana
Supervisors: A/Prof Christopher Hagemeyer, Dr Be'eri Niego, Dr Erik Westein
Topic: Stroke, heart attack and a 'smart' little antibody: A tale unfolds
Department: ACBD

Marissa Sgro
Supervisors: A/Prof Richelle Mychasiuk, Dr Rhys Brady and Dr Glenn Yamakawa
Topic: Investigating the Role of the Gut Microbiome in Adolescent and Adult Mild TBI Pathophysiology
Department: Neuroscience


Runxuan Lin
Supervisors: A/Prof Nigel Jones and Prof Patrick Kwan
Topic: Does epilepsy make Alzheimer’s disease worse?
Department: Neuroscience


Nicola Sergienko
Supervisors: Dr Kate Weeks, A/Prof Julie McMullen and Dr Daniel Donner
Topic: Shedding light on cardiac protein phosphatases: the role of B55α-PP2A in heart development and disease
Department: Baker


Jacques Ma
Supervisors: Dr Carlos Rosado, Prof Merlin Thomas
Topic: A novel approach to intracellular delivery of GLP-1 for diabetes and obesity pharmacotherapy
Department: Diabetes


Georgia Symons
Supervisors: A/Prof Sandy Shultz, A/Prof Joanne Fielding, Dr Meaghan Clough, Dr Scott Kolbe
Topic: Hitting close to home: Concussion in Australian rules football
Department: Neuroscience


Rachna Ram
Supervisors: Prof Warren Rozen, Prof Paul Bonnington, Prof David Hunter-Smith
Topic: Augmented reality visualisation to aid breast reconstruction surgery in the operating theatre
Department: Peninsula


Muhammad Javaid
Supervisors: Prof Patrick Kwan, Dr Ana Antonic-Baker, Dr Alison Anderson, Prof Terence O’Brien
Topic: Development of personalized disease-in-a-dish model of focal cortical dysplasia using induced pluripotent stem cells
Department: Neuroscience


Erskine Chu
Supervisors: Dr Bridgette Semple, A/Prof Margaret Hibbs, A/Prof Richelle Mychasiuk
Topic: How SHIP-1 Navigates the Injured Brain Through the Course of Recovery
Department: Neuroscience

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