3 Minute Thesis

Graduate Studies

3 Minute Thesis


3 Minute Thesis

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Masters of Ceremonies


Joseph Donohue

Master of Ceremonies - Joseph Donohue

Joseph is a Master of Engineering Science candidate entering the final term of his studies at Western University in London, Ontario. Before attending Western he received a bachelor of engineering in chemical engineering from Laurentian University. Joseph’s current area of research is in biochemical engineering with a specialization in water treatment. He is an active member on a research team lead by his supervisors Dr. Jesse Zhu and Dr. George Nakhla to scale-up a mobile bioreactor to treat municipal wastewater. His three minute thesis presentation on this work won him first place in last year’s Canada-wide three minute thesis competition.





Alexander Moszczynski

Master of Ceremonies - Alexander Moszczynski

Alex is a PhD student in Neuroscience at Western University. His undergraduate at the University of Toronto specialized in Neuroscience with a major in Animal Physiology in 2012. His undergraduate research focused on clinical sleep medicine (Brian Murray, Sunnybrook Hospital) and anesthetic effects on respiration (Richard Horner, U of T). Due to experiences with ALS patients in the sleep clinic, he chose ALS research for his PhD focus. With supervisors Michael Strong and Arthur Brown, Alex is studying the pathological underpinnings of cognitive impairment in ALS, and comparing this to degenerative processes in chronic traumatic encephalopathy. Alex currently has 7 publications including 2 book chapters. He is also a founding member and chair of the graduate student radio show and podcast GradCast, which highlights graduate student research in an accessible format for the general public.