The first Ph.D. mentee from the Jeltsch Laboratory successfully defended his thesis on the topic Mechanism of VEGF-C Activation and Effect on Lymphatic Growth and Regeneration. Due to the COVID-19 situation, the event was organized remotely using the Zoom virtual meeting software. The opponent was Prof. Jonathan Sleeman from the University of Heidelberg. Both the defendant and the opponent did a fantastic job, and the discussion brought to light several new directions for future research. VEGF-C is a tricky protein and it surely still holds some surprises for the diligent researcher. Unfortunately, there was no reception, no dinner, and no karonkka (after-dinner PhD graduation party), but we are planning to have a party later this year when the COVID-19 situation permits!
The opponent, Prof. Jonathan Sleeman from the University of Heidelberg, appeared to be very versed and comfortable in the Finnish Ph.D. thesis defense culture.