At the Biohealth competition, Ali presented her research, “Eco-friendly Biodegradable Packaging for Food from Milk Whey Protein Isolate,” competing against other graduate/medical students and postdoctoral fellows from Wisconsin universities and technical colleges. Her research into sustainable packaging made from milk protein was inspired by Wisconsin’s dairy-rich identity.
The competition, organized by BioForward Inc., seeks to aid Wisconsin’s young biohealth leaders and emerging scientists in developing critical skills to discuss advanced topics with the general public in quick, fun and accessible presentations, Ali said.
“This could not have been possible without the guidance of my supervisor, Dr. Pranabendu Mitra,” Ali said.
Ali thanked UW-Stout’s Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, which awarded her a Student Research Dissemination Grant to attend the event. Students have four opportunities each year to apply for the grant. Last year, 41 grants were awarded, totaling $47,087.
This was the third annual Biohealth competition, held on Oct. 17, at the Overture Center, in Madison.