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PhD Day Symposium 2017

Thursday 13th July 2017


This years’ annual PhD Day Symposium was held on 13th July at the Clinical School on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus. Over 80 Stem Cell Institute staff were in attendance, consisting mostly of PhD students, but including PIs, Affiliate PIs and PostDocs. The current Stem Cell Institute PhD student representative, Alisa Molotova (Franklin lab) was the key organiser this year, with assistance from our Graduate Administrator, Jo Jack.

Thanks to Alisa’s hard work, the event was generously sponsored by Abcam, Biology Open, Microsoft Research, Peprotech and StemCell Technologies, who all contributed wonderful freebies for the delegate bags. 


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The event took place over a full day, with 14 of our PhD students (about to start their final year), giving talks on their current work, and posters on display from over 35 of our PhD students. The sessions were broken up by tea breaks, featuring exhibition stands from two of our sponsors, Abcam and Peprotech. Abcam’s ‘Build a molecule (Dopamine)’ challenge was particularly popular, especially with the Vallier lab, with Hajer Zedira and Xavier Olessa winning 2nd & 3rd place! First place went to a mystery delegate (if anyone knows who Gioo is, please get in touch!). A buffet lunch was provided for all delegates, plus a drinks reception during the afternoon poster session, allowing for plenty of discussion opportunities.

The talks were judged by Group Leaders, with the first prize going to Lucia Cordero Espinoza (Huch lab) and second prize to Fiona Hamey (Göttgens lab) - they each win a £500 travel grant donated by Microsoft Research. The prize for best poster was awarded to Mairi Shepherd (Kent lab), who won a £50 Amazon voucher.

Lucia Cordero Espinoza                                   Fiona Hamey                        

Lucia Cordero Espinoza                        Fiona Hamey

Best Talk (1st prize)                               Best Talk (2nd prize)


View the event schedule

If you have any questions about this event, please contact  (PhD student, Franklin lab) or (SCI Graduate Administrator)


We look forward to seeing you there!


Thanks to our sponsors:

Abcam  Biology Open        Microsoft Research  Peprotech StemCell Technologies