Sweta Roy-Carson, a graduate student in bioinformatics and computational biology, took first place in the November 15 “3 minute thesis” (3MT) competition held by the Graduate College on November 15. Roy-Carson will represent Iowa State University at the regional 3MT competition in Indianapolis on April 7, 2017.
Roy-Carson explained to a general audience her research using zebra fish to study the development of neurons in the gastrointestinal system. This research could lead to treatments and potential cures for Hirschsprung’s disease, a condition present at birth in which these neurons are not formed completely, causing decreased to no movement of the intestines.
“It’s a very proud moment,” Roy-Carson said. “Just winning is fine, but representing your university is a very big deal. It’s such an honor and so much pressure, but it just makes me feel so proud.”