International PhD Program ‘Integrative Structural Biology’ encourages its students to develop their networks by undertaking research stays abroad.
Young researchers are encouraged to spend at least 3 months in a laboratory abroad in order to establish international collaborations and learn new techniques. Collaboration can be established with an institution of their choice, anywhere in the world.
Stays abroad can be a very productive way to build up relationships with other labs, gain experience on a scientific and personal level and make a significant progress with the work on the project.
Our students abroad:
Amelie K. J. Schoenenwald, Tim Skern Lab
Exchange collaboration with the Subhash Vasudevan Lab
Emerging Infectious Diseases, Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore
October 2018 – January 2019 (4 months)
The Program in Emerging Infectious Diseases (EID) is one of the Signature Research Programs of Duke-NUS in Singapore. I was fortunate enough to visit the Vasudevan Lab which is home to brilliant, skilled and hard-working scientists under the auspices of the EID program. The lab members are diverse with different specializations who are mutually coordinated like cogs in a clockwork to perform prime research with a focus on Dengue virus and Zika virus. During my time in Singapore I benefitted from the lab’s experience with phage display which helped me discover antibody candidates for the Usutu virus.
Apart from the valuable results that were produced, I got a glimpse of what life in Singapore has to offer. The peaceful and amicable coexistence of Chinese, Malay, and Indian, with their different religions (Buddhists, Christians, Muslims, and Hinduists) and languages (English, Mandarin, Tamil, and Malay) blew me away.
I was able to expand not only my scientific, industrial, and social network but also my scientific and personal horizon. I highly recommend any other scientist to smell the air of other labs at least once in their career.
Amelie K. J. Schoenenwald