Harpenden scientist invited to Westminster to present superbug research
- Credit: Archant
A special invitation to Parliament has been extended to a scientist from Harpenden so she can present her research into antibiotic resistant superbugs.
Georgina Girt, 26, was shortlisted from thousands of applicants to present a poster on her findings, as part of the STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) for Britain event.
She is a biological chemistry PhD student at the University of Leicester and has made antibiotic compounds which may be effective against superbugs, like MRSA.
A panel of experts and politicians will choose the winner out of around 60 people entered, with prizes of £3,000 for gold, £2,000 for silver, and £1,000 for bronze.
Georgina said her compounds were unique: “I am really excited to have been selected for this year’s STEM for Britain event.
You may also want to watch:
“The rise of drug-resistant bacteria is an extremely pressing issue both nationally and globally, and this is a great opportunity to share my research with a wide audience.”
Resistant bacteria arise when the harmful micro-orgasms are no longer killed by formerly effective medicine, through its overuse - in January this year an American woman died from a bacteria that was resistant to 26 different antibiotics.
- 1 Major snack brands relocate to St Albans from London
- 2 St Albans school teacher recognised with national award
- 3 Herts county council admits too much rubbish means recycling being dumped in landfill
- 4 Home-owners' frustration over lack of action to tackle street flooding
- 5 Market gazebo trial delayed as council admits it cannot fund scheme
- 6 Hertfordshire's most expensive homes 2020
- 7 Council loses appeal over St Peter's Street development scheme
- 8 Nothing to hide! How I became a convert to naturism
- 9 Pupils pause to play at St Albans primary school
- 10 11 things you might not know about St Albans' new Mayor
This event is the only one of its kind in the country, and is sponsored by Stephen Metcalfe MP, chairman of the parliamentary and scientific committee.
He said: “This annual competition is an important date in the parliamentary calendar because it gives MPs an opportunity to speak to a wide range of the country’s best young researchers.
“These early career engineers, mathematicians and scientists are the architects of our future and STEM for Britain is politicians’ best opportunity to meet them and understand their work.”
It will be held on March 13 at the Attlee Suite, Portcullis House in Westminster.