Congratulations to second year NIBSC PhD student Evette Hillman who recently walked away with a £600 prize and a ticket to the national finals after being crowned ‘people’s choice’ and overall winner of her alma mater Warwick University’s ‘Three Minute Thesis Challenge (3MT)’.
Eloquent Evette rose to the challenge of engagingly describing how she is investigating whether faecal microbiota transplantation can used as a treatment for bile acid diarrhoea within her allocated three minutes.
To help answer the question, Evette is currently working at NIBSC analysing the gut microbiome of bile acid diarrhoea patients.
In another notable achievement for the budding scientist, Evette recently also won a further £250 for her poster in the ‘Most Promising Science’ prize category at the Microbiology Society Journals annual conference, 2021.
Read what Evette had to say in a short interview following her award.
Reflecting on her successes, Evette says: “ I have tried to make the most of my PhD despite dealing with the challenges of COVID restrictions, and not being able to work in the labs as much as I would like to. I spent most of lockdown writing and publishing a literature review which provided me with a profound understanding of my PhD topic. I credit this time for my achievements and my incredible supervisors. It is also an exciting time to work at NIBSC against the backdrop of our important vaccine work and being part of an institute that creates environments for global breakthroughs.