Postdoc Research Slam

The 2022 competition showcases 12 postdoctoral scholars who submitted a three minute video and one PowerPoint slide to communicate their research in a pitch-style format. 

The top three competitors will receive a monetary research prize ($700, $500 or $250 in value before tax), and the People's Choice winner receives $250 through online voting.

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1) Marilena DeMayo

Using MRI to improve TMS as a depression treatment.


Marilena DeMayo, Cumming School of Medicine

2) Audrey-Ann Deneault

What role do fathers play in shaping child development?

Audrey-Ann Deneault, Faculty of Arts

3) Deepika Dogra

A precision medicine approach to modeling a rare pediatric epilepsy.


Deepika Dogra, Cumming School of Medicine

4) Catherine Hume

Investigating ‘the munchies’; how does cannabis use alter our eating habits?

Catherine Hume, Cumming School of Medicine

5) Odul Karayazi Atici

Breast to Bone: How to predict and prevent cancer spread.

Odul Karayazi Atici, Faculty of Science

6) Sedigheh Mahdavi

Could we use cattle manure for oil production in Alberta?

Sedigheh Mahdavi, Schulich School of Engineering

7) Elnaz Vaghef Mehrabani

Pre-pregnancy obesity and childhood mental health problems: Can maternal diet quality break the link?

Elnaz Vaghef Mehrabani, Cumming School of Medicine

8) Samantha Noyek

Photos sculpt life stories of youth undergoing major surgery.


Samantha Noyek, Faculty of Arts

9) Chukwunonso Nzelu

Prior exposure to insect bites creates a good environment for deadly diseases.


Chukwunonso Nzelu, Cumming School of Medicine

10) Cameron Semper

Producing meat from cell cultures: Helping to reduce costs in the field of cellular agriculture.

Cameron Semper, Cumming School of Medicine

11) Shaghayegh Shajari

Human stress detection using a wearable biosensing device.

Shaghayegh Shajari, Schulich School of Engineering

12) Stephen West

Preventing injury and concussion in Youth Rugby Union.

Stephen West, Faculty of Kinesiology