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3MT Finalist Gallery

Meet the 15 exemplary doctoral students that were selected as finalists to present their three minute thesis at UB's first annual 3MT competition.

First Place Winner
Phil Schneider

Phil Schneider, co-founder, president and chief technology officer of La Salle Concepts, is currently pursuing his PhD in electrical engineering at the University at Buffalo.

Second Place Winner
Danielle Twum

Danielle Twum, originally from Ghana, West Africa, is currently a graduate student studying the immune response in cancer at Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

Third Place Winner
Hooman Ansari

Hooman Ansari, originally from Iran, is a PhD candidate in the department of mechanical and aerospace engineering, with research interests in vibration and energy harvesting.

People's Choice Winner
Saeede Eftekhari

Saeede Eftekhari is a PhD candidate in UB's Management Science and Systems program. She has particular interests in health care analytics and the economics of health information technologies.

Finalist
Mohammad Atif Afzal

Mohammad Atif Afzal is a PhD student in the department of chemical and biological engineering. Atif's interests lie in the design of new molecular materials with exceptional properties. His goal is to develop innovative new materials that will outperform the ones used in current optical and electronic devices.

Finalist
Peter Bloomingdale

Peter Bloomingdale grew up locally in Lockport, NY. He is a fifth year PhD student in the pharmaceutical sciences graduate program, where he earned his bachelor's degree in 2012. Peter's research focuses on systems pharmacology network-based approaches for the discovery of drug combinations in treatment of chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy.

Finalist
Antonella Di Giulio

Antonella Di Giulio, a pianist, music theorist and pedagogue, is currently working toward her PhD degree at UB, in historical musicology and music theory. Antonella earned a diploma in piano from the Conservatorio Santa Cecilia in Rome, Italy and holds certifications in performance and didactic.

Finalist
Lucie Kafková

Born in Prague, Czech Republic, Lucie Kafková has been studying African trypanosomes since the beginning of her undergraduate career. She completed her master's studies at the University of South Bohemia with a degree in experimental biology.

Finalist
Holly Keily

Holly was born in Colorado and graduated from the University of Denver in 2010 with a BS in business administration and a BA in French. Her research is on the origin and function of co-speech gesture.

Finalist
Gokhan Kul

Gokhan Kul, originally from Ankara, Turkey, is currently a PhD student in the computer science and engineering program at UB. His graduate research focuses on database systems security.

Finalist
Kristin Maki

Kristin Maki, originally from Ithaca, NY, is a fourth-year PhD student in the communication department. Her dissertation compares three message format's effectiveness in conveying health-related information.

Finalist
Van Anh (Vika) Nguyen

Van Anh ("Vika") Nguyen, born and raised in Saint-Petersburg, Russia, is now in the third year of her PhD program. Her research focuses on utilizing mathematical approaches to find better treatment options for hematological malignancies.

Finalist
Xiaonan Tai

Xiaonan Tai is a PhD candidate in the geography program. Her thesis work focuses on building mechanistic models that predict how forests respond to novel climate conditions.

Finalist
Nadav Weinstock

Nadav Weinstock, originally from Israel but raised in Buffalo, NY, is a fifth year MD/PhD student in the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Nadav aspires to become a physician-scientist, working to develop therapies for rare diseases that affect babies.

Finalist
Chong Zhang

Chong Zhang is originally from China and is currently a PhD student in the department of pharmacology and toxicology. Chong's research focuses on the relationship between neurochemical and behavioral effects of drugs that are used in treating neuropsychiatric diseases.