3MT UAB
UAB Graduate School hosted its 2017 3 Minute Thesis preliminary competition September 26 in the Shelby Building. Student participants were divided into 7 sessions over the day, and winners were selected from a panel of judges from across campus. Below are the session winners. These winners will move forward to the semifinals which will take place Thursday October 5, 2017 in the Hill Student Center at 10 a.m.

The Graduate School would like to thank everyone who served as judges and congratulate all the semifinalist!

Session 1

Session 1

1st Place: Mary Katherine Ray, Ph.D. trainee in the deparment of Behavioral Neuroscience . The title of her talk was Shocking! Testing an electrical device to curb those food cravings
2nd Place: Robert Glenn, Ph.D. trainee in the deparment of Chemistry . The title of his talk was Exploring the viral toolbox
3rd Place: Elizabeth Y Scribner, Ph.D. trainee in the deparment of Mathematics . The title of his talk wasThe Mathematical Modeling of Brain Tumor Growth

Session 2

Session 2

1st Place: Ahmed Elhattab, Ph.D. trainee in the department of Civil Construction and Environmental Engineering. The title of the talk was: Bridge Health Monitoring using portable devices
2nd Place: Sarah dos Anjos , Ph.D. trainee in the department of Rehabilitation Science . The title of the talk was: Constraint-induced therapy: helping people with stroke to walk better
3rd Place: Nathaniel Harnett , Ph.D. trainee in the department of Behavioral Neuroscience . The title of the talk was: Human Neurobiology Following Trauma: Assessing Brain Function, Structure, and Biochemistry.
3rd Place: Jeremie Lever , M.D./Ph.D. trainee in the department of Pathobiology & Molecular Medicine . The title of the talk was: Fighting Inflammation in Acute Kidney Injury

Session 3

Session 3

1st Place: Saman Najmi , Ph.D. trainee in the department of Microbiology . The title of the talk was: Too much of a good thing?
2nd Place: Andrew Clarke , Ph.D. trainee in the department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics . The title of the talk was: Polymerese 101: Decoding the Secret Language of RNA Pol I
3rd Place: Rhiannon Reed , DrPH trainee in the department of Outcomes Research . The title of the talk was: Increasing Living Kidney Donation through Advocacy & Patient Navigation

Session 4

Session 4

1st Place: Kirsten Schoonover , Ph.D. trainee in the department of Psychology-Behavioral Neuroscience . The title of the talk was: Mechanisms of dysbindin abnormalities in schizophrenia
2nd Place: Dustin Revell , Ph.D. trainee in the department of Cell, Molecular, Dev Biology . The title of the talk was: A Window into Polycystic Kidney Disease
2nd Place: Courtney Fernandez Petty , Ph.D. trainee in the department of Cell, Molecular, Dev Biology . The title of the talk was: Just Breathe...If Only It Was That Easy
3rd Place: Timothy Howton , Ph.D. trainee in the department of Biology . The title of the talk was: The Food Wars

Session 5

Session 5

1st Place: Benjamin McManus , Ph.D. trainee in the department of Lifespan Developmental Psychology . The title of the talk was: We can’t drive it home with one headlight
2nd Place: Christy Killion , Ph.D. trainee in the department of Cell, Molecular, Dev Biology . The title of the talk was: Maintenance of Postnatal Hyaline Cartilage Regulated by Mechanical Load
3rd Place: AbdelAziz Ibrahem AbdelLatef , Ph.D. trainee in the department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering . The title of the talk was: Bridge Health Monitoring

Session 6

Session 6

1st Place: Kristin Hardin , Ph.D. trainee in the department of Materials Engineering . The title of the talk was: Root, Root, Root for the Home Team: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Composites
2nd Place: Jessica Bahorski , Ph.D. trainee in the department of Nursing . The title of the talk was: Feeding Baby, Not as Easy as 1, 2, 3!
3rd Place: Megan Roegner , Ph.D. trainee in the department of Biology . The title of the talk was: Soft shell crab anytime of year? Let’s get cracking... "
3rd Place: Avantika Naidu , Ph.D. trainee in the department of Rehabilitation Science . The title of the talk was: One Step Forward

Session 7

Session 7

1st Place: Kellie Regal McDonald , Ph.D. trainee in the department of Pathobiology & Molecular Medicine . The title of the talk was: Regulation of endothelial N-glycans in atherosclerosis: a role for alpha-mannosidases
2nd Place: Benjamin Wildman , Ph.D. trainee in the department of Cell, Molecular, Dev Biology . The title of the talk was: Dewey Decimal System of the Stem Cell: How Epigenetic Regulation Curates the Maturation of Bone
3rd Place: Bidisha Paul , Ph.D. trainee in the department of Biology . The title of the talk was: Influences of diet and the gut microbiome on epigenetic modulation in breast cancer