Congratulations to two recently completed PhD students Wenyu (Wayne) Kang and Molla Wassie, who have both received a Dean’s commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence.

Molla was awarded a highly competitive Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship (for international students) to study at the University of Adelaide. His PhD investigated “Iodine Nutrition in Early Life and Its Effect on Neurodevelopment and Growth“. 

Molla’s was supervised by Dr Jo Zhou (primary supervisor, School of Ag, Food & Wine), Dr Lisa Yelland and A/Prof Lisa Smithers from the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences.

Before starting his PhD, Molla was a lecturer and researcher at the University of Gondar, Ethiopia and was the head of Human Nutrition department at the Institute of Public Health. In 2016, he established a nutritional surveillance system in Northwest Ethiopia with his colleagues.

Dr Molla Wassie

Dr Wenyu Kang

Wayne was a Master’s of Viticulture and Oenology student in the School of Agriculture, Food and Wine and completed a Master’s coursework research project for which he obtained a high distinction. He was awarded a University of Adelaide Student Alumni PhD scholarship and a Wine Australia PhD top up stipend and operating scholarship. At the same time he has been completing his Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) qualifications.

Completing his PhD thesis on “Alternative technologies to modify and measure red wine astringency and quality,” Wayne’s principal supervisor was Associate Professor Sue Bastian, with Dr Richard Muhlack (UoA), Dr Paul Smith from Wine Australia and Dr Keren Bindon of AWRI alos part of his supervisory team. Wayne has published four peer reviewed publications during his time in the Bastian lab.

Well done to both Wayne and Molla and we wish them all the best in their future endeavours.

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