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Jay Doering (left) and David Barnard (right) with Diego Rodriguez Herrera and Rebecca Dielschneider (Photo by Mike Latschislaw)

3MT finalists inspire audience

February 26, 2015 — 

Congratulations to Diego Rodriguez Herrera, Physics and Astronomy (Master’s) student, who took home second place at the 3MT challenge for his presentation, “Using Radio Waves for Breast Cancer Detection.” His supervisor, Dr. Pistorius, points out that “he did extremely well, given that he was competing against a number of PhD students and a 4th year surgical resident.  The competitors were awarded as follows:

First Place and People’s Choice: Rebecca Dielschneider

Immunology (Doctoral)
Advisor: Dr. Spencer Gibson

Lysosomes as Targets in Leukemia

Dielschneider was involved in student government and leadership as she pursued graduate studies. She chose immunology and cancer research because she wanted to help people from “behind the scenes.” She believes scientific research allows her to think creatively and pursue answers to tough biological questions, advancing medicine and improving human health.

Second Place: Diego Rodriguez Herrera

Physics and Astronomy (Master’s)
Advisor: Dr. Stephen Pistorius

Using Radio Waves for Breast Cancer Detection

A member of the UMSWING group and the photo club, Herrera would like to make meaningful contributions to the development of new technologies in the field of signal processing and medical imaging. He sees himself using state-of-the-art imaging techniques to make an impactful contribution to society.

First-place recipient Rebecca Dielschneider will represent the University of Manitoba at the western regional 3MT competition held in May.

For more information about the U of M 3MT competition, visit


Faculty of Graduate Studies
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Dr. Stephen Pistorius


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