Students of the University of Gdańsk awarded in the BioLAB Programme

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The Polish-American Fulbright Commission has published a list of the winners of the BioLAB 2021-2022 Programme. Among the 42 winners who will receive a one-year internship in one of the four renowned research centres in the U.S., there are students from the Intercollegiate Faculty of Biotechnology UG and GUMed and the Faculty of Chemistry UG.

The BioLAB programme is intended for master's and doctoral students of bio-chem and medical faculties. During the internship, students join research teams conducting projects in such fields as neurology, crystallography, virology or molecular genetics. The results of research conducted during the internship often become the basis for articles published in peer-reviewed scientific journals such as "Nature," "Proteins: Structure, Function, and Bioinformatics," or "Acta Crystallographica." BioLAB fellows also take an active part in the life of an American university, attending seminars, guest lectures and learning about American culture.

Forty-two students, including three from the University of Gdańsk, will go for a one-year internship at one of four renowned research centres in the United States. The laureates from our University include:

- Przemysław Bartnik from the Intercollegiate Faculty of Biotechnology UG and GUMed - an internship at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation. Przemysław Bartnik is in the process of writing his master's thesis under the supervision of dr hab. Robert Czajkowski, prof. UG.

- Aleksandra Raszplewicz from the Intercollegiate Faculty of Biotechnology UG and GUMed - an internship at the University of Virginia. She is in the process of writing her master's thesis under the supervision of dr Katarzyna Grzyb.

- Wojciech Gogacz from the Faculty of Chemistry UG - an internship at the University of Chicago. Wojciech Gogacz is a student in the final year of his Master's degree in Chemical Business. He is a master student at the Department of Biomedical Chemistry, and his scientific interests include broadly defined peptide and protein chemistry as well as molecular biology related to the process of protein biosynthesis.

In this year's edition, the Programme received 78 complete applications. Recruitment consisted of two stages: formal and substantive evaluation of the electronic application and interviews with the selection committee. Due to the pandemic, the interviews were conducted entirely via the Internet. This year it was possible to go to one of four renowned research centres in the USA: Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation; University of Chicago; University of Texas, Southwestern Medical and Center University of Virginia.

The call for applications to start an internship in the 2022-2023 academic year will open in October 2021.

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Julia Bereszczyńska/Press Office of University of Gdańsk