Last month a William Hulme’s Grammar School student was one of only two students from across the country to speak at the prestigious Royal Society.
Mohammed Al-Kalbani spoke to a large audience of secondary school teachers and students. He presented the findings of his research project into the effects of coffee on exhaled breath which he had conducted during his Nuffield Research placement last summer.
The Year 13 student had found that drinking coffee led to an increase in someone’s breath of dimethyl disulphide – an organic chemical compound. As a result of this research, doctors at the Manchester Breathomics Group have begun advising patients not to drink coffee before diagnostic breath tests as this could affect the results.
Mohammed spoke to a captivated audience in London about his findings which could be used in disease detection. Speaking about his experience, Mohammed said:
“This experience did not just nurture my research skill as a scientist but also improved my public speaking skills and it gave me an opportunity to defend my findings when challenged by known professors and scientists.”
Peter Mulholland, Principal at William Hulme’s Grammar School, said:
“As the world’s oldest independent scientific academy, the Royal Society has been addressed by some of history’s most-renowned scientists. It is therefore quite something for Mohammed to have been invited to speak there.
“Mohammed’s research project was of university standard and we are incredibly proud of his achievement. The fact that the Manchester Breathomics Group have taken notice of his findings is testament to Mohammed’s incredible talent for scientific enquiry and robust analysis.”