Science Communication

My passion for public engagement has also led to my interest in science communication. I hugely enjoy conveying science in numerous different ways to many audiences. I have won numerous science communication awards including North-West Regional Champion of the Famelab competition and runner-up in the University of Manchester 3-minute thesis competition. I have also made/taken part in a number of videos to disseminate mine and others’ research on camera.


As part of the Scottish Universities Life Sciences Alliance (SULSA) ECR prize I gave a 3-minute talk on my research. See the link below for my talk on microglial cells and how they may play a role in dementia which was winner in the ‘Understanding and Treating Disease’ category.

ECR Prize


Famelab is an international science communication competition run as part of the Cheltenham Science Festival. The aim is to convey a scientific concept of your choice in 3 minutes. Following a Manchester heat I won the North-West Regional Finals to present at the Science Museum in London at the UK final. Here is my UK Final talk on curries, cowardice and capsaicin (with a little bit of vodka).


3-Minute Thesis

Similar to Famelab, 3-Minute Thesis is a competition aimed at presenting research in a very short amount of time. However, the aim of 3-MT is to present your own research in 3 minutes with PhD researchers from across the University taking part. I came runner up in the University of Manchester final. Here is my 3-MT final presentation on my research, repurposing drugs to treat Alzheimer’s disease.



Short video clips are one of the best ways to communicate science. With the help of the communications team at the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health I have written and presented a number of videos on the research of both myself and others. Here are a selection of the Sci Comm clips I’ve written and presented.