PhD students have once again stepped on to the floor in this year’s international Dance your PhD contest. A biological chemist from Russia has won the competition in the chemistry category.

From ballroom to ballet, Science’s annual contest gives PhD students the chance to explain their research through the medium of dance. Each entrant must upload a dance routine to YouTube to be in with a shot of winning the $1000 (£824) grand prize and a trip to the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s annual meeting. A smaller $500 prize is also awarded to those who produce the best video in one of three sections: chemistry, biology and the social sciences.

Evgeny Sogorin, a postgrad student from the Institute of Protein Research, won in the chemistry category. In a strictly ballroom routine, Sogorin and his colleagues glided their way through the story of ribosomes and how they synthesise proteins.

But Jacob Brubert, a biomedical engineer from the University of Cambridge, UK, walked away with the top prize. His routine combined a myriad of styles all consummately performed with the help of a dancing cow. Brubert is currently researching polymeric heart valves that are used in the treatment of heart disease.