Grad Slam is a Smash Hit!

Students, faculty, and staff turned out in record numbers for this year's Grad Slam event on March 21.

David Wu giving his talk
David Wu delivers his winning talk

David Wu, an MD/PhD student currently studying in the Biomedical Sciences PhD program, took the grand prize of $4,000 for his engaging talk on developing a blood test to diagnose concussions. Olivia Creasey, a graduate student in the Bioengineering program, took second place, worth $2,000, for her talk on building islet tissue in the lab, which could someday help people with diabetes. Ryan Muir, a graduate student in the Chemistry and Chemical Biology program, won both the third place prize, worth $1,000, and the People's Choice prize ($750) for his talk on combating antibiotic resistance.

Read more about this annual celebration of graduate student research in UCSF News, where you can also watch video from the event.

Update: David also took 2nd place in the UC-System-wide Grad Slam event on May 10! You can still watch all 10 of the UC campus champions' presentations online.

(photo of David Wu by Susan Merrell)