Selected STSM Grantee’s experiences (2019-2020)

Third CellFit Training School:
“Meet the rising stars of emerging therapies”
From 3D Bioprinting to Extracellular Vesicle isolation and encapsulation for delivery

January 26-30, 2020
Unimont Campus, ponte di Legno, Italy

Winter School:
Basics to Work with Extracellular Vesicles

December 2-5, 2019
Ravila 14B, Tartu, Estonia

Interviews with early career researchers about CellFit activities

4 PhD Positions

Selected STSM Grantee’s experiences

Alessio Gizzi
STSM title: “Micromechanically motivated constitutive modelling of the visco-elastic active behavior of the cytoskeleton”
HOST: Dr. Christian Johannes Cyron, Technical University of Munich, Institute for Computational Mechanics

The STSM award allowed me to work in tight connect with one of the most prominent scientists in mechanobiology. My experience resulted very productive and had the opportunity to study and learn state-of-the-art of complex modelling of soft biological media.

Matteo Ghiringhelli
STSM title: “Organ perfusion and organ decellularization as novelty tools for 3-D in Vitro Study”
HOST: Dr. Masami Uechi, JASMINE veterinary clinic, Yokohama, Japan

My STSM was very informative and interesting. The particularity of interconnection between European and Extra European reality, such as Japan, allows the exchange of different ideas and procedures, ensuring the build-up of exciting international networks. In particular, my experience at J.A.S.M.I.N.E. Veterinary Clinic allowed for the development of a new procedure, aimed at the decellularization of swine heart. This provided the possibility to develop an in vitro methodology addressed to the management of pathologies such as mitral and tricuspid deficiency, both in human and animal patients . My STSM also led to the creation of solid relationship. It consolidated project for future research, which will, in due course, bring scientific publications. The collaboration between our European laboratory and the Japanese Institution will conduct to a deeper understanding of the changes taking place within the extracellular matrix during the development of degenerative diseases and the potential future treatments.

Martina Stampar
STSM title: “The application of 21-days old spheroids developed from HepG2/C3A cells for the assessment of genotoxic activity of xenobiotic compounds”
HOST: Dr. Adelina Rogowska-Wrzesinska (Protein Research Group, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark)

The STSM was a great experience for me, through which I learned a lot of new things and had the opportunity to meet incredible people.

Anja Tolić
STSM title: “Interplay of TETs and PARPs in DNA (de)methylation”
HOST: Dr. Tomasz Jurkowski, the Institute of Biochemistry, Stuttgart University, Stuttgart, Germany

This STSM has been a valuable experience for me first of all because I had the opportunity to learn new techniques and obtain important results that will advance my future research effort. All of that was possible thanks to my supervisor and incredibly patient and helpful lab mates. During my stay I always felt included and I particularly enjoyed all kinds of knowledge exchange and discussions with other students.


October 15 – 19, 2018

IUBMB, the International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, will hold an Advanced School on Nutrition, Metabolism and Aging in Petnica, October 15 – 19.  

The main goal of IUBMB Advanced School on Nutrition, Metabolism and Aging is to foster curiosity, communication and collaboration, especially among young researchers. It will provide them with comprehensive insight in the current state of knowledge and research in the field of molecular biology of nutrition, metabolism and aging through direct contact with the renowned scientists and through sharing experiences among themselves. 

The program covers a wide spectrum of contemporary topics in nutrition, metabolism and aging in the context of diabetes, metabolic syndrome, obesity, healthy aging and neurodegenerative diseases.

Important dates: Abstract submission deadline: June 15, 2018; Fellowship and travel grant submission:  June 15, 2018; Abstract acceptance announcement: July 15, 2018; Fellowship and travel grant winners announcement: July 15, 2018; Registration deadline: August 15, 2018

More information can be found on the School website

CellFit Training School: “Dream it, print it, do it”
A practical full immersion course of 3D printing

A huge number of applications were received and 72 were considered eligible for the final selection. Regretfully the budget available allow us to admit only 35 trainees and we had to turn down several requests. Based on the great success and interest for the event we plan to propose a new edition next years.

The 2018 CellFit Training School edition will include Early Stage Researchers from 17 countries, in particular from 8 COST Inclusiveness Target Countries (Bulgaria, Luxembourg, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Slovakia, Republic of Serbia and Turkey) and from 9 COST Full Members (Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom).

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