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Meet the 3MT® 2017 Finalists


 

Heat 1 - Finalists (in no particular order)
Kevin Boreskie
Kevin Boreskie

Three Minutes Thesis:
Pre-Frailty and Cardiovascular Disease Risk in Middle Aged and Older Women

From working at Mini U as a support worker for children with special needs, to coaching in multiple sports, Kevin Boreskie’s volunteer and work experiences are all related to getting people active and improving health. With an interest in physical activity and how it relates to chronic disease, his career goal is to become a Doctor of Medicine.

Viktoriya Mozolevska
Viktoriya Mozolevska

Three Minutes Thesis:
The Art of Preventing Broken Hearts in Colorectal and Renal Cell Cancer

Majoring in genetics, Viktoriya Mozolevska says research in the field of cardio-oncology is very meaningful to her, as many of her relatives have battled with cancer. Through her research, she hopes to find the most effective drug that would protect the heart from the devastating side effects of anti-cancer therapy.

Vasudeva Bhat
Vasudeva Bhat
Three Minutes Thesis:
Catch it Early: A "Game-Changer" for Breast Cancer

Vasudeva Bhat proclaims: “Science drives me!” His passion for research stems from his curiosity in understanding cancer as a disease. He wants to help make people’s lives better through the application of scientific knowledge, continuing research in cancer therapeutic development.

 

Heat 2 - Finalists (in no particular order) 
Elizabeth Wall-Weiler
Elizabeth Wall-Weiler
Three Minutes Thesis:
Maternal Responses to Having a Child Taken into Care

Elizabeth Wall-Wieler is fascinated by statistics. She loves numbers and working with linkable administrative data that allow her to use the information represented by numbers to look at important social questions. Her research examines areas of health and social inequality.
Colin Graydon
Colin Graydon
Three Minutes Thesis:
LAG-3: A Immune Handbrake with an Unknown Mechanism

A Vanier Scholar, Colin Graydon is Vice-President (Academic) of the Health Sciences Graduate Student Association, with a goal to being a clinician researcher. In his undergraduate years, he volunteered for a youth-run community program helping people living with HIV.
Miriam Derksen
Miriam Derksen
Three Minutes Thesis:
Stress Management and Tumour Survival: how Glioblastoma Copes with Stress

Miriam Derksen is attracted to the field of medical research and has always loved learning about how the body and cells function. Studying stress in cancer provided her with an opportunity to combine these interests. She aspires to be a teacher to inspire the next generation.

 

Heat 3 - Finalists (in no particular order) 
Alexandra Ciapala
Alexandra Ciapala
Three Minutes Thesis:
Siege Tactics in Fighting the War on Cancer

Alexandra Ciapala is studying the interconnecting networks and intricate regulation involved in the orchestra of chemical reactions that underlie our lives, which cancer disrupts. Although she wants to pursue a career in clinical psychology, Ciapala also has a passion for writing fiction.
Allison Balasko
Allison Balasko
Three Minutes Thesis:
“Where’s the Wifi?”: How HIV Infection Disrupts Immune System Communication

Besides being passionate about pursuing HIV research, Allison Balasko is a five time Academic All-Canadian and an alumna of Bison Women's Basketball and Track and Field. She is also a mentor with the U of M Peer Mentorship Program. Her goal is to become a clinician scientist and help patients combat infectious diseases.
Yue Shang
Yue Shang
Three Minutes Thesis:
Kidney Ischemia Reperfusion Injury Induced Oxidative Stress in Distant Organ - A Star Wars Story Retold

Yvette Shang says she has always been fascinated with biology, especially animal and molecular biology, and is attracted to fundamental biomedical research and agriculture. She currently works in a laboratory that focuses on both agri-food products and animal science.

 

Wildcards (in no particular order) 
Rachel Nickel
Rachel Nickel
Three Minutes Thesis:
Biocide Coated Magnetic Nanoparticles: a New Way to Treat Infections

Studying condensed matter physics, Rachel Nickel says she is fascinated by physics because it adds to our fundamental understanding of the world around us. When she’s not unraveling the mysteries of the universe, she is a figure skating judge with Skate Canada.
Jane Breen
Jane Breen
Three Minutes Thesis:
Markov Chains Subject to Combinatorial Constraints: Analysis and Synthesis

Jane Breen says she enjoyed all of her subjects in school from English to home economics, but that “math could turn a bad day into a good day.” Passionate about teaching math, Breen is aiming for a career in academic research. She chose math because it can help explain real-world systems.
Matthew Stargardter
Matthew Stargardter
Three Minutes Thesis:
Modelling Patient Decision-Making in the Context of Type 2 Diabetes (T2DM)

Matthew Stargardter believes health outcomes in Canada often reflect the choices of individuals trying to do the best they can for themselves and their families while confronted with constraints on their time, energy, and income. He hopes to use his knowledge to assist decision-makers in devising more effective treatments and interventions for chronic diseases.

Competition Final
March 8, 2017, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Robert B. Schultz Lecture Theatre at St. John's College

Out of the twelve finalists, one will go on to the Western Regional Three Minute Thesis competition on April 29.