Zuzanna Posłuszny

Who I am:

I am a second year master’s student of Laboratory Techniques in Biology at the University of Environmental and Life Sciences in Wrocław. I have been interested in biology since I remember, and am particularly passionate about laboratory work and conducting research. During my studies I had the opportunity to explore and gain experience in various scientific areas, including molecular biology and microbiology. Currently, I am working on my master’s thesis in the branch of regenerative medicine in the Department of Experimental Biology. I am focusing on evaluating the mitochondrial transfer impact on the improvement of regenerative capacities of mesenchymal stem cells that were affected by metabolic syndrome. I also have international experience gained during participating in the Erasmus+studies and Erasmus+traineeship programs in Barcelona and Lisbon. In my free time, when I am not busy with science, I enjoy traveling, hiking and getting to know new cultures.

My BioLAB work in the lab focuses on:

I will join dr Anna Cliffe at the University of Virginia in the laboratory studying the mechanisms underlying the degradation of host proteins following the neuronal infection with Herpes Simplex Virus type 1. I will be carrying out experimental viral infections to discover the potential cause of HSV-1 reactivation in neurons.

I decided to apply for a BioLAB program because:

I feel a constant need to develop myself and I love taking challenges. I think this internship will allow me to gain a valuable experience in the laboratory and learn new interesting techniques, as well as help me determine the course of my future career. Additionally, I enjoy living abroad and I am keen to get to know the American culture. Therefore, participating in the program will benefit me both professionally and personally.

After completing my BioLAB Program I would like to:

I dream about becoming a great scientist and conducting research on meaningful topics. After the program, I plan to apply for PhD studies and then find a job in an innovative laboratory abroad.

  • University of Virginia
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