This week, we hear from Isabel who hails from Zaragoza, Spain and is currently working on her PhD in Peter Nielsen’s group in Copenhagen.
What is your background in science? What is a brief description of the project you work on?
I did my Bachelor in Chemistry. During that period I did some internships in different laboratories with different backgrounds, from inorganic to analytical chemistry. But, I have always felt certain curiosity about biology and that is why I end up doing a Master in molecular and cellular biology.
I did my Master’s project at the INA (Nanoscience Institute of Aragón) in Zaragoza, Spain (where I am also from) and my project focused on the synthesis and characterization of different nanoparticles, together with the study of their cytotoxicity profile and the subsequent cellular response. This was a grateful experience where I found a perfect field of study as I was able to combine Chemistry and Biology.
And this brought me to where I am now, doing my PhD at Peter E. Nielsen`s group at the department of cellular and molecular Medicine at Copenhagen`s University, Denmark! My project aims to discover novel dendrimer vehicles for in vivo delivery of aptamer probes and oligonucleotide drugs, optimizing cell delivery and minimizing toxicity.
What led you to decide to do a PhD? What do you hope to accomplish during your PhD?
From the very beginning of my degree I knew I wanted to do a PhD, I guess it is because I really enjoy working in a lab. It can be frustrating sometimes but there is also a feeling of curiosity involved and the happiness when there are good results, this is the best!!
During my PhD I would like to have nice results for my project, learn from the everyday work and continue enjoying what I am doing. I also have as a personal challenge learning Danish and discover more about this beautiful little country.