On July 16th 2019, we awarded the annual Don Whitley Scientific Prize for Microbiology. This is presented annually to the graduate of the University of Bradford’s BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences degree who achieves the highest marks in the Microbiology option. Dr Andrew Pridmore (Head of Science at Don Whitley Scientific) presented the award to this year’s winner, Ashley Pickering, who gained a 1st Class Honours degree. Ashley said:
"I am honoured to have received the Don Whitley Scientific award; medical microbiology has been my favourite area of biomedical science since my first year at The University of Bradford. My passion for the subject grew over the duration of the course, due to my enthusiastic lecturers - who are pioneers in their fields - implementing cutting-edge research into teaching sessions. This exposure to topical areas in medical microbiology is what I believe has nurtured my desire to pursue a career in scientific research and higher education lecturing. I especially enjoyed undertaking the final year project, where I gained invaluable experience in research regarding bacterial pathogenesis and antimicrobial resistance - topics which are becoming increasingly more crucial in the 21st Century. I am pleased to have been recently accepted into a Russell Group University to study these topics at Masters level, which will facilitate progression onto a PhD where I can train to become a part of the next generation of problem solvers."
Ashley has been accepted at the University of Leeds to study for an MSc in Infection and Immunity; we wish him well in his future endeavours.