BABS Student Alice Russo takes out first place in UNSW 3-Minute Thesis Competition


Following her win at the Science Faculty 3-Minute Thesis Competion in August, we are very proud to share the news that PhD student Alice Russo (supervisor Professor Peter White) took out first place in the overall UNSW competition on 13 September.

Only allowed to use one slide, with just three minutes to present her thesis and up against 21 other finalists, Alice did a fantastic job. Her talk ‘A novel solution to a warty problem’ explained that endogenous viral elements present in host genomes are a fossil record of past infections and reveal new information about what viruses once infected the animal. These ancient viruses could help find a contemporary cane toad virus that could be used to control the population of this amphibian pest.

Alice won a $3000 cash prize, presented by PVC (Research Training) Professor Laura Poole-Warren, and will represent UNSW at the Asia Pacific Competition at the University of Queensland, and at the international Universitas 21 final in October.