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IOB graduate student Karen Gonzalez wins 12th Annual UGA 3MT™ Competition- Congratulations Karen!

Thank you to all the students who participated in this year’s University of Georgia Three Minute Thesis (3MT™) Competition.

The competition is open to all currently enrolled UGA master’s and doctoral students, and this year’s 3MT™ drew dozens of submissions from across the university. Several preliminary heats led to the selection of ten finalists, who submitted their presentations for a panel of judges.

The final competition was held Wednesday, April 5, 2023, at the University Chapel and was livestreamed on on Facebook.



This year’s grand prize winner was Karen Gonzalez, a doctoral student in the Institute of Bioinformatics, for her presentation titled “Humans vs Viruses.”

Karen Gonzalez

Karen Gonzalez, Grand Prize Winner


The runner-up was Chisom Okoli, a doctoral student in the Department of Nutritional Sciences, for presenting “Equity in Wellness: Development of an eLearning Training to Improve Healthy Beverage Consumption in Black Families of Young Children.”

Chisom Okoli

Chisom Okoli, Runner Up Winner


The people’s choice award, which is given to the contestant who receives the most votes from viewers of the competition, went to Yang Su, a graduate student in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, for his presentation of “The Bacteria Glycans: Trojan Horses in Disguise.”

Yang Su

Yang Su, People’s Choice Winner


Three Minute Thesis (3MT™) is an academic competition developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia. 

3MT-Three Minute Thesis Founded by the University of Queensland

IOB Academic News & Events | week of APR 3rd, 2020

To download a PDF of this news letter click HERE

Research News:

David Montgomery: COVID-19 collaboration submitted to PLOS Pathogens. The title is: “Glycosaminoglycan binding motif at S1/S2 proteolytic cleavage site on spike glycoprotein may facilitate novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) host cell entry”.  


Dr. Justin Bahl interviewed on COVID-19:

New York Times



On-line Seminar:

Dr. Alexander Bucksch (is the tenth presenter in the IPPN online webinar.

Title: Computers, Roots & Big Data from the Field: Can new methods identify uncharacterized phenomena in existing data?

To join this webinar on the 10th of April 2020, go on time to Join Zoom Meeting   Meeting ID: 734 731 883

Dial by your location – Meeting ID: 734 731 883.  Find your local number:

IOB Students win 2nd place in Capturing Science Contest 2019

A BIG congratulations to Micheal Francis and Sohyun Bang for winning second place at the University Libraries Capturing Science Contest!

Name: Michael Francis Year: Third-year PhD Major: Bioinformatics
Name: Sohyun Bang Year: First-year PhD Major: Integrated Life Sciences
Submission: The Music of Life – Musical Composition
Prize: $350
Commentary: In their entry “Music of Life”, Michael Francis and Sohyun Bang take the code of living things and re-codify it as musical notation. That is, they turn a DNA sequence into a song. Using the Python programming language and music production software Ableton Live, Michael and Sohyun transform the sterile string of As, Cs, Gs, and Ts (letters that represent the nucleotides that make up DNA) into an auditory experience reminiscent of the compositions of the 1960s foremost minimalist Steve Reich. Our judges were delighted by their playful artistic choices, like extracting the DNA sequence from AVPR1A, the gene associated with musical ability. To complement the song, the entrants offer another video wherein they explain their creative process, which could serve as a helpful starting point for other researchers who are interested in sonifying their own data. Written by contest judge Ariel Ackerly

Cover Letter

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