London Met student selected as finalist in National STEM Awards

Nada Abuknesha, a student from the School of Human Sciences, was shortlisted for the STEM for Britain poster competition.

Date: 04 May 2023

Earlier this year in March, Nada Abuknesha, a London Met MPhil and PhD postgraduate research student, was selected as a finalist in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences category of the STEM for Britain Awards.

Nada was invited to the participate in the prestigious competition which was held at the Houses of Parliament in Westminster during British Science Week. Government MPs, policy makers and experts from the Nutrition Society attended the exhibition of posters by early-career research scientists, engineers, and mathematicians. Her local MP Tulip Siddiq, Shadow Economic Secretary to the Treasury, also attended the event and praised Nada’s work.

Nada presented a summary of her PhD research findings which explored potential links between epileptic seizures and fatty acids and antioxidants. Her project was supervised by Kebreab Ghebremeskel, Visiting Professor at the Lipidomics and Nutrition Research Centre.

The full title of the displayed poster was 'Plasma Fatty Acids and Antioxidant Vitamins of Sudanese Patients with Drug-resistant Epilepsy (DRE): Implications for Seizure Frequency?'.

Her selection as finalist in this competition is yet another step in Nada’s ongoing success and high achievement. She published her first research paper in 2021 in the Prostaglandins, Leukotrienes & Essential Fatty Acids (PLEFA) journal. She is also a member of the UK Government All-Party Parliamentary group on Epilepsy, and previously won the New Investigator Award from the International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids and Liquids (ISSFAL).

Nada Abuknesha in front of the Houses of Parliament in Westminster