Hudson Institute PhD student blitzes three-minute thesis finals

Hudson Institute PhD student, Zoe Marks, has placed second in Monash University’s three-minute thesis competition final, after winning finals at both Institute and Faculty level.

Zoe Marks 3MT Monash
Zoe Marks presenting her 3MT

Zoe competed against PhD students from every faculty at Monash University in the competition on Friday, 18 September representing the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences.

She previously won the Hudson Institute and faculty competition finals for her presentation on Novel type I interferon (IFN) signalling in breast and ovarian cancer.

The 3MT competition asks PhD students to give an engaging presentation on their thesis in just three minutes using language appropriate to a ‘lay’ audience.

Zoe’s thesis is investigating IFN signalling in both breast and ovarian cancer, with the aim of shedding further light on the role of IFN in the progression of these cancers and determine the potential for novel IFN therapy.

Her project will explore whether certain signatures in human peripheral blood cells may be an indication of breast cancer prognosis, and clarify whether they decrease the proliferation of ovarian cancer cells in the body, whilst assessing the activation of local anti-tumour immune responses.

A Bachelor of Medicine/ Bachelor of Surgery student, Zoe hopes to utilize her experience in basic research in her future career, and aspires to work on cancers such as breast cancer as a clinician/researcher.

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