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ChBE has great showing at first-ever Research Live!

Big congrats to all the Illinois graduate students who participated in the Graduate College’s first-ever Research Live! event.

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering graduate student Vahid Mirshafiee tied at second place for his talk on “Targeted Delivery of Anticancer Drugs to Tumors.” Mirshafiee is part of Dr. Mary Kraft’s research group.

ChBE grad student Vahid Mirshafiee
ChBE grad student Vahid Mirshafiee

Biochemistry graduate student Ipek Tasan, who is in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Professor Huimin Zhao’s research group, took home a first place. She presented “Finding the Partners in Crime Causing Colon Cancer.”

Also among the finalists: Biochemistry graduate student Ismaeel Muhamed, who is in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Professor Deborah Leckband’s research group.

For Research Live!, the college invited graduate students to deliver an engaging presentation of their work and its impact. They were allowed three minutes and two slides. Presentations were scored on delivery, clarity, effectiveness of visual material, and accessibility of language.

Sixty-five graduate students entered the competition and 12 finalists were announced earlier this week. The final round of competition took place Wednesday, Nov. 11, at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.

Here’s a list of the winners.

1st Place: Ipek Tasan, “Finding the Partners in Crime Causing Colon Cancer” (Biochemistry)
2nd Place: Marc Ryan Gancayco, “Sublancin: An Antibiotic with a Sweet Side” (Chemistry)
2nd Place: Vahid Mirshafiee, “Targeted Delivery of Anticancer Drugs to Tumors” (Chemical and Bimolecular Engineering)
People’s Choice: Robin Holland, “Taking Down the Powerhouse” (Pathobiology)

More information can be found on the Graduate College’s website.

Vahid Mirshafiee (tied for second place), Robin Holland (People's Choice), Marc Ryan Gancayco (tied for second), Ipek Tasan (first)

Vahid Mirshafiee (tied for second place), Robin Holland (People’s Choice), Marc Ryan Gancayco (tied for second), Ipek Tasan (first)