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Q&A with Rachel Nickel, U of M’s 3MT champion heading to regionals

Rachel Nickel doesn’t like blood yet she’s dedicating herself, for the time being, to studying wounds, specifically, how to use magnetized nanoparticles to kill invading bacteria. Days ago she created a new rod-shaped nanoparticle with peculiar characteristics unidentified in literature. This thrills her. She also enjoys that her work could have profound impact on our health-care system: Helping us fight antibiotic resistant bacteria.

Smart, calm and well spoken, Nickel won the Archie McNicol Prize for First Place at U of M’s 2017 3MT competition (and also received the People’s Choice Award) and is heading to Saskatoon to compete in the regionals on April 28.

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