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Alzbeta Cardova - Speaking at the Mendel Festival in Brno, Czech Republic

last modified Jan 02, 2018 11:20 AM

Students in the DTP Programme at the University of Cambridge are supported by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and as representatives of this research council it is their responsibility to engage with the public. It is vital that research - and its impact - is communicated to general audiences as well as helping postgraduates develop useful communication and presentation skills for their careers post-PhD.

Alzbeta (Beth) Cardova, 2014 cohort student working with Dr Raymond Bujdoso in Veterinary Medicine, was recently invited to speak at the Mendel Festival ('Mendel Knows') in Brno, Czech Republic about Drosophila and its use in genetic research. The aims of her talk were to introduce a general audience to the field of genetics and, specifically, to highlight the advantages of Drosophila as an animal model. The festival is dedicated to Johann Gregor Mendel, who lived and carried out his research in the Augustine Abbey in Brno which now hosts the Mendel Museum of Genetics.

Beth said: "This talk was a challenge for me as it was the first talk I delivered to a non-scientific audience and, moreover, it was not in English (even though Czech is my native language, it is different to present scientific information in the language I do not use for this purpose). The feedback on my talk was really positive and a lot of people were extremely interested in my research and Drosophila as a model. I think I successfully delivered the message I wanted to and I promoted Drosophila genetics as well as science in general." 

Beth Cardova Mendel Festival Jan 2018 


Beth also presented the poster Inherited human prion disease modelled in PrP transgenic Drosophila at the international conference Prion 2017 - Deciphering Neurodegenerative Disorders in Edinburgh.

For more information about Beth's research, please see her published work:

Electrochemical and optical study of metallothionein interactions with prion proteins

Genetic human prion disease modelled in PrP transgenic Drosophila