Mayo student wins top prize for her final year GMIT project

Wednesday, 26th June, 2019 5:20pm

Mayo student wins top prize for her final year GMIT project

Award-winner Kate Dever with GMIT lecturer Debbie Corcoran and president Brigid Lucey

Students from the B.Sc. (Hons) in Medical Science course in GMIT have won the top national prize for the second year in a row at the biannual LabCon2019 conference.

Kate Dever, Lahardane, a fourth year Medical Science degree student, won the President’s Prize for her final year project titled "Antibiotic Resistance Reversal in Multi-Drug Resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae: Exploring the soxS Dependant Regulon".

Kate will now represent Ireland at the European Association of Professions in Biomedical Science (EPBS) International Conference in Geneva in October.

Dr. Seamus Lennon, acting registrar and formerly Head of the GMIT Dept of Biopharmaceutical & Medical Science, paid tribute to her.

He said: “Well done to Kate, and to all involved in the Medical Science programme. The Medical Science degree has a high practical component with students completing various projects during their studies, culminating in a major year 4 project, normally completed in a clinical laboratory setting.

“On top of this, we have a 28-week Clinical Laboratory Placement in year three of the programme. Thus, the Medical Science students are well placed to do well in national and international competitions.”

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