Student imprints her mark

2018-03-21 06:01
Emmie Chiyindiko in the laboratory at the University of the Free State. Photo: Supplied

Emmie Chiyindiko in the laboratory at the University of the Free State. Photo: Supplied

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Emmie Chiyindiko, who is doing her masters degree in Chemistry at the University of the Free State (UFS), is living proof that going the extra mile pays.

“I am grateful to be reaping the benefits of stepping out of my comfort zone.

“By facing the unfamiliar, this challenge will allow me to see what great things I am capable of,” said Chiyindiko.

She is one of two finalists whose presentation was voted tops by a panel of judges of this year’s FameLab competition.

This competition of FameLab is one of the biggest science communication competitions.

The other finalist is Sylvia Mokuoane

She is doing her masters degree in Radiography at the Central University of Technology (CUT) in Bloemfontein.

In April both Chiyindiko and Mokuoane will compete against each other for the top prize in the FameLab competition.

With FameLab, the world’s leading science communication competition, participants have just three minutes to win over the judges and crowd with a scientific talk that excels in content, clarity and charisma.

Contestants from around the world participate, armed only with their wits and a few props.

Chiyindiko won the Postgraduate School’s three- minute-thesis competition for master’s level in 2018.

She said: “My research is based on the synthesis and characterisation of a series of unique metal complexes.

“These complexes are used both as active pharmaceutical ingredients and cosmetic additives to reduce the detrimental effects of UV radiation on the skin.

“They are incorporated into anti-ulcer, gastro protective drugs, anti-asthmatic, lung disease drugs, with anti-cancer and anti-diabetic agents,” she said.

With her research she can also monitor air pollution.

Formaldehyde is a known toxin to human health.

“Using metal complexes, I am able to monitor the production of formaldehyde and consequently come up with exposure prevention methods,” said Chiyindiko.

She believes that it is okay to not “fit in”.

“Mannerisms such as your quirks make you different and distinctive.

“Live your life intentionally, imprint your personal mark on this universe and always choose faith over fear.”

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