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Congratulations to Lina Dobnikar and Rachael Huntly - Winners of the 2016 Biotechnology YES Competition

last modified Sep 15, 2017 09:46 AM

Congratulations to two BBSRC DTP Programme students - Lina Dobnikar and Rachael Huntly - for winning the 2016 Biotechnology YES competition.

Lina and Rachael, along with fellow PhD students Natasha Morgan and Michiel Thiecke, created BeEco Biosciences Ltd and presented Varroanin - the only product that safely and effectively removes the Varroa mite which plagues honey bees.

Marketing Director Lina Dobnikar said:

"We were very pleased and honoured to win as the competition was really tough. Being part of Biotechnology YES has been an amazing experience as we have learned a whole range of new skills and met many inspiring people throughout the competition."

Read the full article here.

 

Lina is a 2015 cohort PhD student in the Cambridge DTP Programme. She is currently researching vascular smooth muscle cell plasticity in the lab of Dr Mikhail Spivakov at the Babraham Institute. As part of the Programme Lina completed rotation projects at Babraham and in the Department of Chemistry with Professor David Spring.

 

Rachael is also a 2015 cohort PhD student in the Cambridge DTP Programme. She is currently researching cell fate signalling by the DYRK protein kinases in the lab of Dr Simon Cook at the Babraham Institute. As part of the Programme Rachael completed rotation projects at Babraham and in the Department of Biochemistry with Professor Kathryn Lilley.

In October 2017, Rachael will be embarking on a very exciting internship at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology in Japan as part of the JSPS Summer School Placement. DTP students are required to undertake a three month internship as part of the Programme and Rachael will take the opportunity to study the brain, gain in vivo skills, network and develop a better understanding of working in a different cultural setting.