The seventh annual SCMB Research Students Symposium held November 2011 has been hailed as one of the most successful to date, according to Head of School, Prof Melissa of smiling students

The symposium, held on The University of Queensland's St Lucia campus, attracted over 200 registrations from MPhil, PhD, Masters and Honours students.

Over 50 posters were presented, and students were selected on the basis of submitted abstracts to give oral presentations.

The day, which also included scientific equipment supplier displays and participation by a number of learned societies, was kicked off with a fascinating talk from guest speaker Professor Peter Gray, Director of the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology.

Prof Gray spoke about his career path and research on biopharmaceutical production by mammalian cell cultures, as well as the role of the young researchers in the audience in the future of science.

The following prizes were presented:

Honours Poster 1st Prize – Clement Lin

Honours Poster 2nd Prize – Gurveen Sandhu/Jia Liu

PhD/MPhil Poster 1st Prize – I-Wayan Mudianta

PhD/MPhil Poster 2nd Prize – Tim Wu

PhD/MPhil Poster 3rd Prize – Rhiannon Mondav

Oral Presentation 1st Prize –  Andrew Clulow

Oral Presentation 2nd Prize –  Brooke Brewster

Oral Presentation 3rd Prize – Lena Daumann/Justin Yu

ASM Best Microbiology Presentation (Oral or Poster) - Rhiannon Mondav

ASBMB Best Presentation by an ASBMB Society Member -  Ruth Mirims

People’s Choice Oral Presentation – Andrew Clulow

People’s Choice Poster Presentation – Wai Ning (Wilson) Ng

Congratulations to all presenters and attendees.

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