Shetty, finalist in Purdue Three Minute Thesis
Nivedita Shetty, a Purdue IPPH Ph.D. student in Dr. Tony Zhou’s lab, was recently chosen as a finalist for Purdue University’s Three Minute Thesis competition (The only one from College of Pharmacy). The Three Minute Thesis (3MT™) is a research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland. The competition develops academic, presentation, and research communication skills and supports the development of students' capacities to effectively explain their research in language appropriate to an intelligent but non-specialist audience. Graduate students are allowed three minutes to present a compelling discussion on their research topic, its significance, and relevance to the general public. Over 50 graduate students participated in this year’s 3MT this year with areas of study from throughout the entire Purdue University campus. Nivedita’s topic was “Dry Powder Inhaler: A Game Changer”
Nivedita’s project is to develop high-efficiency dry powder inhalers for a better treatment of deadly lower airway infections (or lung infections). Infections in the deep lungs caused by multidrug resistant bacteria are extremely difficult to treat, because traditional parenteral or oral delivery cannot generate sufficient drug concentrations in the airways for most of antibiotics. Nivedita has invented several inhalable formulations of synergistic antibiotics that can “fly” into the infection sites in deep lungs and kill the bugs much more effectively and safely. “Lung infections are the third leading cause of death worldwide. We hope the success of the project will lead to the products/therapies that can save millions of lives from fatal lung infections.” Says Dr Tony Zhou. Nivedita’s hard working has led to two research articles and one provisional patent application within three years of her PhD study.
We commend her for her productive research work and excellent presentation!