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Brianna Stubbs awarded Industrial Fellowship for DPhil research in Physiology

19th November 2013

Pembroke student Brianna Stubbs has received the prestigious award of an Industrial Fellowship from the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851.  Brianna, who studied pre-clinical Medicine as an undergraduate at Pembroke, is now undertaking DPhil research in Physiology.  Her interest lies in a chemical which can be naturally produced by the body called a ketone, which is a form of energy.  Brianna’s team are working on the development of a new ketone-based sports drink, and her own experiences as a sportswoman contribute to her personal knowledge in this area.  Brianna is currently U23 world champion in the double skull event and continues her rowing training alongside her research work.

The Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 was established by Queen Victoria to organise the Great Exhibition at Crystal Palace.  Profits from that hugely successful event are still being administered by an educational trust which gives fellowships and grants to research in science and engineering, applied research in industry, industrial design and other projects.

This year's recipients of Industrial Fellowships, eight in all, were presented with their awards by David Willetts MP, Minister for Universities and Sciences, at a special ceremony in London.