Watch the 3MT Semi-Finals

An 80,000-word thesis would take nine hours to present. These graduate students just have three minutes. Don’t miss UBC Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competitions!

28 graduate students have advanced to the 3MT semi-finals from faculties across the university. Join them on March 8 and 9 to hear about their inspiring research.

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Semi-final 1, Tuesday, March 8 from 12 to 2 p.m.

  • Aileen Hsieh, MSc in Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Visualizing Undetectable Disease in Asthma, Dr. Tillie-Louise Hackett
  • Leanna Stackhouse, MSc in Forest Resources Management, Thinking Outside the Fish Tank – Using LiDAR to characterize riparian function for stream management, Dr. Nicholas Coops
  • Layal Jbara, Chemical and Biological Engineering, Modeling Blood: When Hopes Deteriorate, Model and Simulate, Dr. Anthony Wachs
  • Simone Hagey, MSc in Astronomy, The Death Spiral of Hot Jupiters, Dr. Aaron Boley
  • Cynthia Lam, MASc in Biomedical Engineering, Investigation of Head Impact Characteristics in Helmeted Versus Unhelmeted Sports, Dr. Lyndia Wu
  • Debbie Pierce, PhD in Forest & Conservation Sciences, The Impact of Land Rights and Deforestation in the Colombian Amazon on the Livelihoods of Rural Women, Dr. Terry Sunderland
  • Petar (Pepy) Iliev, PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Using heat treatment to find cancer drugs,  Dr. Brent Page
  • Lola Akinlaja, PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, A peek into the honey bee gut: Using interactomics to understand Nosema’s pathogenesis in honey bees, Prof. Leonard Foster
  • Jesse Charlton, PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences, A lab in a shoe, Dr. Michael Hunt
  • Nejat Hassen, MSc in Population and Public Health, Quality of Life in Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) Patients, Dr. Diane Lacaille and Dr. Jacek Kopec
  • Nisha Marshall, MSc in Reproductive and Developmental Sciences, Evaluating Female Sexual Pain, Dr. Paul Yong & Dr. Caroline Pukall
  • Icíar Fernández Boyano, PhD in Genome Science and Technology, Making sense of preeclampsia where it begins: in the placenta, Dr. Wendy Robinson
  • Jonas Welsch, PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Listening to the crack –The art of keeping Hydrogen from escaping, Dr. E. Cretu and Dr. R. Rohling
  • Nicolas Pereyra, MSc in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Modified Platelet Storage Devices to Improve Quality During Storage,  Dr. Dana Devine

Semi-final 2, Wednesday, March 9 from 12 to 2 p.m.

  • Sina Halvaei, PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Save time, Save lives: Hunting for Breast Cancer Protein in Human Blood, Dr. Karla Williams
  • Suliat Yakubu, MASc in Biomedical Engineering, Movement Classification in Soccer, Dr. Calvin Kuo
  • Emilie Carpentier, PhD in Physics, Liver Cancer? No need to hold your breath for a cure!, Dr. Tony Mestrovic
  • Emilie Théberge, MSc in Medical Genetics, Investigating sex differences in the genetic risk of depression and shared associations with heart disease, Dr. Jessica Dennis and Dr. Wendy Robinson
  • Courtney van Ballegooie, PhD in Interdisciplinary Oncology, Microfluidic synthesis of protein-gold nanoparticle hybrids: potential for x-ray triggered release, Dr. Marcel Bally and Dr. Donald Yapp
  • Hooman Vaseli, PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Cardiac Ultrasound Imaging for Better Stroke Risk Assessment, Prof. Purang Abolmaesumi
  • Yangqian (Frederick)  Qi, MSc in Forest Resources Management, Modelling Trees after Wildfires Using Drone and Mobile LiDAR Point Clouds, Dr. Nicholas Coops
  • Jennifer Lipka, MSc in Integrated Studies in Land and Food Systems, A bumble bee’s grocery list: measuring floral resources in the landscape, Dr. Juli Carrillo
  • Vivian Zhang, MASc in Biomedical Engineering, Engineering the Stem Cell Battle Arena, Dr. Nika Shakiba
  • Zahra Pakzad, PhD in Microbiology and Immunology, How Breast Milk Influences the Infant Gut Microbiome, Dr. Deborah Money
  • Sifat Kalam, PhD in Civil Engineering, Industrial wastewater reclamation utilizing an engineered membrane with disparate wetting ability, Dr. Jongho Lee
  • Nicole Bailey, MSc in Experimental Medicine, Does stress hurt?, Dr. John (Kip) Kramer
  • Miguel Prieto, MSc in Experimental Medicine, Nontuberculous mycobacteria in people living with cystic fibrosis, Dr. Bradley Quon
  • Amanda Cheung, PhD in Neuroscience, Monitoring oxygen levels in the injured spinal cord, Dr. Brian Kwon & Dr. Babak Shadgan

The top ten presentations will advance to the 3MT final event on March 31.