Photography award for student
PhD student Oliver Vanderpoorten (MRes Sensor Technologies 2015) has been awarded second prize in England's CDT EPSRC photo contest.
The Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs) are one of the three main ways by which the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) provides supports for Doctoral Training.
EPSRC-funded Centres bring together diverse areas of expertise to train engineers and scientists with the skills, knowledge and confidence to tackle today's evolving issues, and future challenges.
Oliver Vanderpoorten is one of the Sensor CDT students at Cambridge's Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, and a Member of Fitzwilliam College.
He joined the EPSRC Sensor CDT 1+3 program to conquer academia and is now doing his PhD in two-photon lithography for microfluidic chip fabrication in the Laser Analytics Group.
This year Oliver decided to combine his academic work with his passion for all things artistic - he runs Fitzwilliam's Fine Arts group - by taking part in @CDT_plural's Twitter photo competition, which featured three categories, with students posting photos of 'innovative' (#CDTinnovation) and 'funny' (#CDTfunny) aspects of their research, as well as a 'selfie' (#CDTselfie) of themselves at work.
Oliver was awarded second prize in the former category, which celebrated the ground-breaking work carried out by PhD students at CDTs across the country. His winning submission, which you can see below, was entitled Fluorescently labelled BAG neurons in C.Elegans - a simple model organism to study neurodegenerative disease, from a research collaboration with Dr Tessa Sinnige at the Department of Chemistry.