Congratulations to JCU's Maria Nayfa, announced as FameLab runner-up

@JCU Congratulations to JCU's Maria Nayfa, announced as FameLab runner-up

Congratulations to JCU's Maria Nayfa, announced as FameLab runner-up!

JCU student Maria Nayfa (pictured above) has been named as runner-up in the Queensland semi-finals of FameLab for her Supersize Me: Determining the Genomic Health of Selective Breeding Programs.

She will now head to Perth for the FameLab Finals on May 4.

Maria describes her research as:

Breeding for larger fish in aquaculture is still a fairly young practice; as such, I'm using a combination of pedigree records and DNA to better understand the effects of supersizing and domesticating fish in order to advise management practices. In particular, I'm working with WorldFish, a nonprofit organisation, on the Abbassa Selection Line of Nile tilapia which is to be distributed throughout Developing Countries in Africa and the Middle East.

Ms Nayfa said she was delighted with the unexpected announcement.

“Given that every single competitor this year was both a brilliant scientist and communicator, it was an honour to be selected as the runner up for this year's FameLab competition,” she said.

“It's always exciting to know that your passion for science is appreciated and that your words resonated with both the scientific community and the general public!”

If you want to support or follow Maria:

1) Follow her on twitter: @mnayfa12

2) Follow the Australian British Council on Twitter: @auBritish

3) Follow the hashtag #FameLabAus

4) Follow the British Council on FB: https://www.facebook.com/BritishCouncilAustralia/?hc_ref=SEARCH

5) Check out the FameLab website: https://www.britishcouncil.org.au/famelab

For more information, or some background information, check out @JCU's previous item on the exciting FameLab competition:

https://www.jcu.edu.au/@jcu/fame-lab-talking-science-one-big-night,-11-scientists,-live-on-stage