Cara Ellison, 25, a PhD student at MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, hailing from Wantage, Oxfordshire, is attending Parliament to present her bioscience research to a range of politicians and a panel of expert judges, as part of STEM for BRITAIN on Monday 13 March.

Cara’s poster on research about discovering new ways that cells detect invasion by bacteria and viruses will be judged against dozens of other scientists’ research in the only national competition of its kind.

Cara was shortlisted from hundreds of applicants to appear in Parliament.

On presenting her research in Parliament, she said, “I am delighted to be able to present my PhD research to Members of Parliament at the STEM for BRITAIN event. It provides a real opportunity to discuss with Parliamentarians some of the work that research institutes such as the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology are undertaking and the impact this has on society.”

Stephen Metcalfe MP, Chairman of the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee, said:

“This annual competition is an important date in the parliamentary calendar because it gives MPs an opportunity to speak to a wide range of the country’s best young researchers.

“These early career engineers, mathematicians and scientists are the architects of our future and STEM for BRITAIN is politicians’ best opportunity to meet them and understand their work.”

Cara’s research has been entered into the biosciences session of the competition, which will end in a gold, silver and bronze prize-giving ceremony.

Judged by leading academics, the gold medalist receives £3,000, while silver and bronze receive £2,000 and £1,000 respectively.

The Parliamentary and Scientific Committee runs the event in collaboration with the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Institute of Physics, the Royal Society of Biology, The Physiological Society and the Council for Mathematical Sciences, with financial support from the Clay Mathematics Institute, Research Councils UK, Warwick Manufacturing Group, Society of Chemical Industry, Institute of Biomedical Science and the Heilbronn Institute for Mathematical Research.