2021 HaBS 3MT Competition Finalists

29 Jul 2021

PhD students from UQ's Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences will compete in the Faculty Final of the Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition on Wednesday 4 August.

An 80,000 word PhD thesis would take nine hours to present, but students in the UQ 3MT® Competition will present their thesis and its significance in dynamic and informative video presentations of just three minutes in length.

The winner will progress to the 2021 UQ 3MT® Final hosted by the UQ Graduate School on Wednesday 15 September, where they could win research grant funding.

The winner of the UQ Final will represent UQ at the Asia-Pacific 3MT® competition.

Yuxue (Cathy) CaoYuxue (Cathy) Cao School of Pharmacy  
3MT Title: Smart nano medicine towards Insulin Pill
Cathy is current a PhD candidate at UQ. Her PhD project is focused on developing smart silica nanoparticles for protein oral delivery.


Renae Earle

Renae EarleSchool of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences
3MT Title: Empowerment, but not as you know it
Renae is a UQ PhD candidate and Accredited Practising Dietitian. Her PhD seeks to understand how empowerment can aid in fostering healthy lifestyles in rural First Nations adolescents. Renae is passionate about First Nations self-determination and equity, and this informs all elements of her work. 

Nadia Fox

Nadia FoxSchool of Psychology
3MT Title: Stress, Recovery, Mental Control, and Performance in Complex Environments
Nadia is a PhD candidate at UQ. Her dissertation examines the impact of stress on psychological, physiological, and cognitive factors that underpin performance in complex work environments through the use of experience sampling and biometric capture.

Alanah GilesAlanah Giles School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences
3MT Title: Wicked problems require wicked solutions
Alanah is a Nutritionist and Dietitian with a UQ Bachelor of Exercise and Nutrition Science, and a Master of Dietetics Studies. Her PhD focuses on the use of community-based participatory research and design thinking in the development of a nutrition-focused intervention to improve health behaviours in underprivileged adolescents through education, behaviour change and skill development.

Amanda Harley

Amanda HarleySchool of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work
3MT Title: Paediatric Sepsis: the timer has begun
Amanda is the Queensland state-wide Paediatric Sepsis Clinical Nurse Consultant and the only paediatric sepsis Clinical Nurse Consultant in Australia. Amanda is in the final year of her PhD investigating the recognition and management of paediatric sepsis in the Emergency Department, aiming to reduce death and harm for children with sepsis.

Sepanta HosseinpourSepanta HosseinpourSchool of Dentistry
3MT Title: Healing bone defects with light
Sepanta has a Doctor of Dental Surgery and Master of Public Health. As an early career dental researcher at UQ's School of Dentistry, Sepanta has conducted successful completion of a number of research projects, published more than 30 PubMed indexed articles, several book chapters, and also edited a book during the past five years.

Ellen JankeEllen JankeSchool of Pharmacy
3MT Title: A trap set by cancer cells: how cancer cells can survive by consuming normal cells
Ellen is a clinical pharmacist and PhD student at UQ. Ellen has a passion for helping patients understand complex medicines information and for science communication.


Yvonne Lai

Yvonne LaiSchool of Denistry
3MT Title: Oral health risk in Rett syndrome: stepping stones to a better quality of life
Yvonne is a specialist paediatric dentist who has worked in the hospital and community settings in Australia and New Zealand, in specialist private practice, and been involved in undergraduate clinical teaching in paediatric dentistry. Yvonne has an interest in working with special care needs. This is the focus of her research through the Telethon Kids Institute and as a UQ PhD candidate on oral health and its impacts in children and adults with Rett syndrome. 

Amelia TanAmelia TanSchool of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
3MT Title: Improving Stroke Rehabilitation for our loved-ones: can decision making aids help?
As an occupational therapist, Amelia is passionate about research that solves real clinical problems in practice. While her PhD investigates decision-making aids for upper limb interventions in neurological rehabilitation, Amelia's broader research interests include clinical reasoning, teaching and learning, and upper limb neurorehabilitation.

Mai TanjitpiyanondMai TanjitpiyanondSchool of Psychology
3MT Title: The rich and the poor: A Narrative of Inequality
Porntida (Mai) is a PhD candidate working with Professor Jolanda Jetten and Dr Kim Peters on a project examining how rising economic inequality shapes categorization processes and the stereotyping of wealth groups. Porntida was awarded an Outstanding Postgraduate Research award by the Society of Australasian Social Psychologists. Alongside her PhD, Porntida is involved in research projects which aim to understand how structural factors can shape people’s psychology and behaviours.

Genevieve Vuong Genevieve VuongSchool of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
3MT Title: TeleCHAT with Aphasia
Genevieve is a speech pathologist and PhD candidate. Her research seeks to evaluate the feasibility, usability and acceptability of delivering a Comprehensive High-dose Aphasia Therapy via telerehabilitation. She also works clinically at a speech pathology tele-clinic.