NHGRI's Stacy Desine first postbac to win 2018 TmT competition

News July 26, 2018

Every year, graduate students and postdocs at the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) and other institutes at the National Institutes of Health compete in a high-energy science communications contest called the Three-Minute Talk (TmT).

First PostBac Winner

For the first time in competition history, all the participating institutes agreed to allow postbacs to compete in the TmT finals. NHGRI's Stacy Desine earned first place after the finals on June 29, 2018, becoming the first postbac to win the TmT competition. Ms. Desine is a member of the NIH Academy Enrichment Program, funded by the NIH Office of Intramural Training and Education.

Three other postdoctoral intramural trainees from NHGRI - Cihan Oguz, Ayaka Ishii and Haley Yaremych participated in the finals, using plain language principles and one PowerPoint slide to explain their research in three-minutes or less. They competed against 12 other trainees (graduate students, postbacs and postdocs) from four other institutes: the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD); the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research; and, for the first time, the National Eye Institute and the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS).