Visiting Partner: Ana Beatriz Ribeiro
Home Institution: Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin
Host Institution: YALE, New Haven
Rotation and Time: TRENAL Visiting Predoctoral Student 2019
As part of the TRENAL program I spent my first six months in the lab of Prof. Dr. Felix Knauf at the Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin. There, I focused on establishing the measurement of IL-16 in mouse plasma. For the 2nd half of the program, I had the honor of working in the lab of Prof. Dr. Peter Aronson at Yale University in New Haven. Here, I am studying the characteristics of a potential basolateral oxalate transporter.
Taking part in the TRENAL program not only allowed me to fully engage in my doctoral thesis by focusing full-time on fundamental research, but also gave me the chance to work in two high quality research laboratories and learn from two great, experienced teams. This granted me a deep insight into different fields of research and taught me various experimental methods resulting in a richer learning experience and perspective in research.
During my time at Yale University I managed to stay in touch with clinical work. The weekly medical grand rounds and scientific presentations kept the practical clinical setting close and were a valuable addition to the lab work I performed. I am sure that this will help me transition smoothly back into Medical School after this year of fundamental research.
Lastly, I would sincerely like to thank Prof. Dr. Felix Knauf, Prof. Dr. Peter Aronson and their wonderful teams for supporting me during this year and providing me with ample laboratory experience and a great boost in my professional development. In addition, I would like to thank the BIH and DAAD for financially supporting me throughout my TRENAL program. I am very thankful for all the things that I have learned and the opportunity to have had such enriching and remarkable experiences. I would strongly encourage anyone who is interested in including an intensive, very instructive research year in their medical education to apply and participate in this program.