The Sir Howard Dalton Young Microbiologist of the Year Prize is awarded by the society each year. The prize recognises and rewards excellence in science communication by a Microbiology Society Member who is a postgraduate student or postdoctoral researcher, having gained their PhD in the last two years.
Two finalists are shortlisted from each of the Society’s divisions based on a presentation given the Microbiology Society Annual Conference or Irish meetings. The eight young scientists in this shortlist will give a 15-minute presentation at the Microbiology Society’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) on September 6.
In the run up to the AGM, we will be getting to know this year’s finalists:
Irish Division Finalist: Katherine Dadswell
Job Title: 3rd Year PhD Student
Place of Work: University College Cork
Research Interests: I am interested in clinical microbiology and have a particular interested in microbial pathogenesis; how microbes cause disease.
Theme of talk: My talk will be discussing how E. coli, the most common cause of urinary tract infections, uses nutrients in the urinary tract and how these affect pathogenesis. Ethanolamine is a component of the cell membrane of all living cells. As cells are broken down the ethanolamine is released and can be used by bacteria as a source of carbon and nitrogen. I will be addressing whether E. coli that causes urinary tract infections can use ethanolamine as a nutrient to promote growth and cause infection in the urinary tract.
If I would not be a microbiologist, I would be… A biomedical engineer. I like the idea of applying biological knowledge to design new medical equipment and devices.
Katherine’s talk, ‘Ethanolamine metabolism during urinary tract infections’ will take place at 15:15 at the Microbiology Society AGM on September 6.
Stay tuned for more finalist profiles in the coming weeks. Previous finalist profiles:
Laura Caller, Virology Division Finalist
Freddy Bunbury, Eukaryotic Division Finalist
Cathy Abberton, Irish Division Finalist
Courtney Kousser, Prokaryotic Division Finalist
Rute Maria Pinto, Virology Division Finalist
Paula Seoane, Eukaryotic Division Finalist