Dominika Siodłak

Who I am:

I am a PhD student at the Doctoral School of Medical and Health Sciences at the Jagiellonian University Medical College in Kraków. With my background in neurobiology, as my doctoral thesis I am studying neurobiology and pharmacology of depression. I am mostly focused on the role of zinc and zinc receptor – GPR39 – in depression and its treatment. I study the interactions between GPR39 agonist and different antidepressants, trying to establish the effectiveness of conjoint treatments.
I am extremely passionate about my work, in all of its aspects and I want to explore the scientific world further. I got a taste of international cooperation, when I did an Erasmus Traineeship in Innsbruck, Austria. This experience gave me the opportunity to work with established scientists in my field. In just three months there I learned more than during a whole year of my master’s studies. I also gained invaluable experience, I was able to face new scientific challenges and explore different approach to science. This traineeship gave me the confidence to apply for BioLAB program and reach for my career goals.

My BioLAB work in the lab focuses on:

The APP-related pathologies in Alzheimer’s disease. The projects explores how the release and metabolism of APP is involved in Alzheimer’s disease and how early the pathologies start to occur.

I decided to apply for a BioLAB program because:

I am looking for new adventures and challenges in my scientific path. I also want to explore different aspects of neurobiology and learn new techniques that I might want to use in my own future projects.

After completing my BioLAB Program I would like to:

Finish my PhD and apply for post-doc position in an interesting project. I would love to find myself a place of work where I would feel confident and safe to explore my scientific ideas.

  • Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation
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