A PhD student from Buncrana has won a prestigious award from Dublin Dental University Hospital.
Jessica Fletcher is a microbiology PhD student at Trinity College studying Candida biology.
Earlier this month, she was selected for the Irish Division Postgraduate Hatton Award (sponsored by Dentsply Sirona) with a project entitled ‘The TLO gene family influences fitness and virulence of the human fungal pathogen Candida albicans’.
This work was supervised by Professor Derek Sullivan and Dr Gary Moran.
Ms Fletcher presented her work at the Irish Division of the International Association of Dental Research (IADR) annual scientific meeting on the 5th February 2021. Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic this meeting was held virtually.
At the meeting there were a total of 37 oral abstracts presented in four prize competitions as well as non-prize oral research presentations.
The most prestigious competition is the Hatton prize, which is an annual international research competition to showcase the best dental and craniofacial research. There are separate undergraduate and postgraduate categories with the winner of the Irish Division award going to the General Session of the IADR to be held in hybrid format in Boston, Massachusetts on the 21st-24th July 2021.
Students from the DUUH won both the undergraduate and postgraduate Hatton awards this year.Tags: