At the recent STEM for Britain competition in the UK’s Houses of Parliament, Sophie Morse, a CDT student based at Imperial College London was declared winner of the Gold Award for the Engineering session and of the overall winner of the whole event.

Her poster explained aspects of her research into microbubbles and how they can open the blood vessels to agents or drugs by oscillating under application of ultrasound, allowing for non-invasive access to brain tissue. Sophie’s work was chosen over 44 other competitors for the Engineering award for the quality of the research presented and the quality of presentation itself. Sophie was also awarded the Westminster Medal as the overall winner of the event, for the best communication of research to a lay audience.

Sophie Morse in front of her poster at the event

The event was a valuable and enjoyable experience. Not only was it an opportunity to consider how best to communicate the significance of my research here at the CDT to a public audience, but it also gave me the opportunity to discuss with politicians its value. The research we are carrying out will help reduce the invasiveness of current diagnostic and treatment procedures for brain diseases, so I am really passionate about sharing it. – Sophie Morse, CDT student

Sophie’s success at STEM for Britain is fantastic news and we are very proud of her achievement. Our work here at the CDT is all intended for translation to the clinical environment, and so it is very important for us to get out there and share it with the public and other audiences. This recognition of her work is testament to her own commitment to communicating the benefits of her research, as well as the value of the cutting-edge research itself. – Prof Nick Long, Deputy Director of the CDT


Sophie has been diligent in the laboratory, studying, tinkering, and building; and this has led to the development of a non-invasive ultrasound technology for delivering drugs to the brain. Our laboratory is proud of Sophie and happy to see that her hard work has been recognised in a public setting. – Dr James Choi, PhD Supervisor to Sophie Morse, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Bioengineering at Imperial College London (