Visiting students from Italy
This summer, Complement group had six visiting students from Milan, Italy. They stayed for three weeks in August 2019, in our laboratory.
Adrian Safa, Giorgio Ratti, Marco Ricci, Maria Cleofe Ubezio, Soumya Kotha, Maddalena Menini with Prof Seppo Meri
They were assigned to different projects performing various tasks in the lab.
Maddalena Menini was working on Malaria project with Plasmodium parasite and Anopheles mosquitoes.
Maddalena Menini with mosquitoes
Maria Cleofe Ubezio was working on a project with Dr Tobias Freitag participating in different tasks, one of them was SDS page and western blot analytical technique.
Maria Cleofe Ubezio performing western blot technique
Soumya Kotha wrote about her experience and tasks she was participating in:
"My experience in Prof Meri's lab cemented the knowledge that I gained during my preclinical years of medical school. It allowed me to delve deeper into the subjects which I find interesting and see how this knowledge translates into a more clinical narrative. I found it very interesting to work with and observe techniques such as western blotting and ELISA tests, which I had previously only read about in textbooks, as well as read many articles of literature which I found helped me understand the subject of complement and see how it related to different pathologies. Following my experience here in Helsinki, I have decided that gaining more research experience, perhaps in different fields of medicine, is something which I look forward to doing in the future."
Giorgio Ratti shared his thoughts about working in our lab:
" I analysed selected genes expressed by different microglia with presence of factor H, amyloid β and the various isoforms of apolipoproteins. I learned how to use the MST machine and took part in cell cultures and ELISA assays. Working with MST helped me to understand the different basics, how it works and try to make previsions of what would happen. Reasoning about everything is what I loved in this experience, no certainties, but just experiment everything. The more I worked hard the more the results were evident and the more I learned. Everyone was very warm to me and gave me the chance to express myself at my best. I will always be grateful for this."
Soumya Kotha, Giorgio Ratti, Adrian Safa, Marco Ricci, Maddalena Menini and Maria Cleofe Ubezio