Postdocs Rock the Slam!

Ten Postdoc Slam finalists pose for a group photo on the steps outside Genentech Hall at UCSF
The Postdoc Slam finalists gather for a group photo before the competition on September 19. (Photo by Erin Lubin)


Nicquet Blake and Postdoc Slam first prize winner Laura Persson hold the giant check indicating a prize of $4,000
First prize winner Laura Persson (right) receives the giant check from Graduate Dean Nicquet Blake. (Photo by Erin Lubin)

At the 6th UCSF Postdoc Slam competition on Tuesday, September 19, three postdocs emerged as prize-winners for their 3-minute talks, but all ten of the finalists brought their A-game with impressive and engaging presentations aimed at sharing their research with a broad audience. A lively crowd cheered them on in Byers Auditorium at Mission Bay, and over 200 more tuned into the YouTube live stream. Produced by the Office for Postdoctoral Scholars and the Graduate Division, the event was a fitting way to celebrate National Postdoc Appreciation Week.

Read the campus news story: "Wormnado" Wiggles its Way to Win at Postdoc Slam

Watch the event recording on YouTube.

Congratulations to the prize winners and all of the finalists for an impressive showing:

Prize Winners:

Laura Persson, PhD

First Prize & People's Choice Award
Laura Persson, PhD
Noelle L'Etoile, PhD, faculty mentor
The Wormnado: What a Tiny Worm Can Teach Us About Collective Behavior

Kritika Khanna, PhD

Second Prize
Kritika Khanna, PhD

John Fahy, MD, faculty mentor
Asthma on Fire: Keep Calm, It's a False Alarm

Christopher Williams, MD

Third Prize
Chris Williams, MD

Atul Butte, MD, PhD, faculty mentor
Code Blue: Unmasking the Racial Disparities in Emergency Triage



Biafra Ahanonu, PhD

Biafra Ahanonu, PhD
Allan Basbaum, PhD, faculty mentor
The Path to Pain: It's Not Only in the Brain

Helene Aschmann, PhD

Hélène Aschmann, PhD
Priya Shete, MD, faculty mentor
To Treat or Not to Treat: A Balancing Act in Tuberculosis Prevention

Tyler Huycke, PhD

Tyler Huycke, PhD
Zev Gartner, PhD and Ophir Klein, MD, PhD, faculty mentors
How the Gut Got Its Spots

Amanda McQuade, PhD

Amanda McQuade, PhD
Martin Kampmann, PhD, faculty mentor
Speaking to Cells

Jay Moltzau Anderson, PhD

Jay Moltzau Anderson, PhD
Susan Lynch, PhD, faculty mentor
This Stool is Taken: Harnessing the Power of Poop

Fate Noohi, PhD

Fate Noohi, PhD
Virginia Sturm, PhD, faculty mentor
Life Without Emotions...A Symphony Without Music

Ayush Srivastava, PhD

Ayush Srivastava, PhD
Bjoern Schwer, MD, PhD, faculty mentor
Let's Help You Age Better