Congratulations to MBM Trainees Collin Kaufman and Whitney Sinclair, who made it to the final round of Research Live! Our trainees were asked to enter this university-wide competition. Approximately 40 graduate students from different disciplines across campus competed; Kaufman and Sinclair were among the 13 students selected to compete in the final round October 23 at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.
Each competitor was asked to prepare a short “lightning talk” on their research and speak for three to five minutes. Sinclair, who is pursuing her doctoral degree in chemical & biomolecular engineering, delivered her talk titled “Inhale, Exhale” on how lung-on-a-chip enables dynamic imaging of pulmonary lung tissue in response to aerosolized nanoparticles. Kaufman, who is pursuing his doctoral degree in neuroscience, spoke on “Using Cells to Make a Walking Robot.”
Participating in this competition gave our trainees practice both in talking to the public about their research in smaller soundbites — one of the goals of the grant. The practice also came in handy when each trainee delivered a short lightning talk at the 2018 MBM/NMC Retreat October 25.