Genetics PhD students photograph wins University competition

Shane Hussey, a PhD student in the Department of Genetics, has won the Graduate School’s second PhDepictions photography competition. The runner-up prize went to Joe Emmings of the Department of Geology.

Shane's winning image (pictured) is a Scanning Electron Microscopy image showing what happens to a bacteria which causes pneumonia (Streptococcus pneumoniae) when exposed to air pollution. The image provides evidence that a type of bacteria that lives in our lungs changes it’s behaviour in response to air pollution.

Hosted by the Graduate School for the first time in 2014, PhDepictions asks PhD students to create an image that communicates their research, their findings, and their passion for their subject. For the University PhDepictions is another way in which we can share the breadth and quality of research being undertaken by our postgraduates; for those research students who take part, it is an opportunity to think about their research in a new way and to further develop their ability to communicate their work and findings with a range of audiences.

Click here to view an online exhibition of the 2015 entries.

The entries will also be on display at this year’s Festival of Postgraduate Research, taking place Monday 6 July 2015.