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Shifaan Thowfeequ
Shifaan Thowfeequ
The four finalists from left to right: Jens Roehrich, Tom Gundersen, Shifaan Thowfeequ and Ed Sells
The four finalists from left to right: Jens Roehrich, Tom Gundersen, Shifaan Thowfeequ and Ed Sells
Shifaan with the four judges, from left to right: Dr Eamonn O'Neill; Prof Kevin Edge; Prof Andrew Graves; and Prof Shasikanta Nandeibam
Shifaan with the four judges, from left to right: Dr Eamonn O'Neill, Prof Kevin Edge, Prof Andrew Graves and Prof Shasikanta Nandeibam

Internal News - 10 July 2008

Postgraduate wins Ede & Ravenscroft Prize for research into diabetes

Shifaan Thowfeequ, from the Department of Biology & Biochemistry, has been named the winner of the 2008 Ede & Ravenscroft Prize for his research 'Towards a novel therapy for diabetes: A bio-alchemist's approach'.

Founded in 1991 and sponsored by the gown maker Ede & Ravenscroft, the prize recognises and rewards outstanding postgraduate research.

Shifaan’s prize is a cheque for £800; he and the other finalists – Tom Gundersen, Department of Computer Science; Edward Sells, Department of Mechanical Engineering; and Jens Roehrich, School of Management – each received a certificate and £50 book token.

Shifaan said: "I am very happy to have been awarded the Ede & Ravenscroft Prize. My time at Bath has been a great learning opportunity, and I have really enjoyed being part of a world-class research community at the University."

The Prize Committee considered a long list of twelve students from six academic departments/schools.

Four finalists were invited to give a short presentation of their research to the Committee and an audience invited from the Bath academic community. In choosing a winner, both documentary evidence and the presentations were considered by the Prize Committee.

Professor Kevin Edge, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and the Chair of the Ede & Ravenscroft Prize committee said: "The range of departments and research areas represented in this year’s final are a great indication of the breadth and depth of research being carried out at the University by our highly valued PhD students.

"This year we were particularly impressed by the effort the finalists went to in making often very complex research understandable to a lay audience."

Dr David Tosh, Shifaan’s supervisor in the Department of Biology & Biochemistry, said: “Shifaan's PhD work has opened up new areas of research for the lab. His results should ultimately help in the development of a treatment for diabetes.”

The membership of the Prize Committee for 2008 was: