SciWrite: Science Communication Challenge winners

The winners of the competition

‘The Unexpected Face of Biochemistry: Exploring Hidden Connections‘

The Oxford Scientist, in partnership with the Biochemical Society, invited all University of Oxford students to partake in a popular science article writing competition—”SciWrite”. All entrants delved into ‘The Unexpected Face of Biochemistry: Exploring Hidden Connections’.  We are delighted to announce the winners and runners-up of the SciWrite: Science Communication Challenge. 

The winner is Billie Delpino (left, Brasenose College). Her article will be included in next term’s print magazine. In the meantime, you can also find it on our website.

The runners-up are Jen Jiang (middle, St. John’s College) and Shikiera Wheeler (right, Department of Oncology/Reuben College). Read Jen’s article about the secrets of ancient DNA & Shikiera’s article about machine learning.

Many thanks to the judges who helped with the competition!


Dr Mark Roberts

Dr Roberts is a Fellow at Lincoln College and a member of the FEBS Science and Society Committee. He is also a part of the Biochemical Society Education Committee, in addition to being an education policy member of the Biochemical Society Policy Advisory Panel. His research at the Department of Biochemistry focuses on bacterial systems, including Porphyromonas gingivalis, and synthetic biology approaches using bacterial cells.

Dr YingChi Chao

Dr Chao is a researcher in the Department of Physiology, Anatomy, and Genetics. His work focuses on investigating the link between localised cAMP signalling and functional effects and aims to develop strategies for selectively manipulating cAMP levels to affect specific functions.

Dr Dominika Gruszka

Dr Gruszka is a Wellcome Trust and Royal Society Sir Henry Dale Fellow at the Department of Physics and Kavli Institute for Nanoscience Discovery. Her work centres on physical mechanisms of biological processes such as principles of eukaryotic DNA replication using single-molecule imaging. She is leading a research group that aims to understand how epigenetic information is maintained in time.