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Why, What, How: Four MTLS students sharing their thesis stories

How important is master project? We all know that

  • It worths one-fourth of academic credits

  • Students are free to choose where to carry out their thesis work

  • 30% students (in Sweden) found their employment directly through master thesis

  • Students acquire essential skills and connections with industry/academia, which eventually build up employability

So, how are our students doing? This weekend, I have the pleasure to chat with four of MTLS students from my class, who are doing their master thesis at different places and working on a diverse scheme of topics! They are:  Leonie (Karolinska Institute in Solna), Mounika (Gabather AB in Huddinge), Dimitri (KTH main campus) and Carolina (Harvard Medical School).


1. Leonie von Berlin, Germany

Group: Sten Linarsson (Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, Karolinska Institute)

Project: Pipeline development for definition and mapping of cells in human brain with single-cell RNA sequencing (scRNAseq)

The most important lesson I learned is the following: Science takes time. A  LOT OF TIME. If we all accept that four months are barely enough to produce important results and stay relaxed and stay relax, the master project can be a great time of learning and scientific communication. And for having fun!

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Our Future is no longer “Crystallized”

After the course Introduction to Bioinformatics, we now switch our focus from protein structural prediction to understanding protein physics and functions. Therefore, a visit to the national facility of Cryo-EM at the Science For Life Laboratory is a part of our new course Biophysical Chemistry. We also got the opportunity to talk to the scientists and students who work there!

As a brief introduction to Cryo-EM, we must start from X-ray crystallography, which is a classical method to determine the structure of biomolecules. The double helix structure of DNA, our genomic material, revealed by Rosalind Franklin is the most renown example:

However, this technology encounters obstacles in determining the structure of membrane proteins, as they are by nature hard to be crystallized but are at the same time critical for both fundamental science and translational medicine. As a consequence, Cryo-EM appears to be a key: by flash-freezing the protein can be frozen in its native-like conformation and through shining a beam of electrons, image of the protein structure can be reconstructed by collecting the electrons bouncing out.

From first electron microscope image of liver catalase in 1970s to high-resolution                       gamma-secreatase (a crucial protein in Alzheimer Disease) structure by Cryo-EM in 2015

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Welcome to Sweden!


After years of undergraduate study, months of painstaking school-hunting and weeks of filing endless application forms,  you are carefully selected among thousands of highly qualified candidates and are finally invited to Stockholm now. Here is the a short and warm welcome from our president, Sigbritt Karlsson:

When I look backwards in time, 2016/03/24 is one of the turning points in my life. In the past few months, I bought 1 bike, learned 2 languages, studied in 3 universities, and met 19 amazing classmates; I opened my own blog, baked my first cake and produced my first lenti-crispr construct……Are you looking forward to your own future in Sweden as well?

Below you will find some links, which might help you a little bit to understand this wonderful country that you are going to study, as well as other tips that might be helpful for some common questions (e.g. residence permit, housing) related to life in Sweden.

About Sweden, about Stockholm

  1. https://sweden.se is a comprehensive website introducing all faces of this amazing country
  2. http://www.stockholm.se/KulturFritid/ explores Stockholm, the capital of Scandinavia. (It is most visited site by me as well)
  3. If you have never been to Sweden before, Health Care In Sweden from our student blogger Abhineet Tomar, the sustainability series from Divya Hariramani and my previous blog Encounter Gender Equality in Sweden will probably give you more ideas about the pillars of this country: social welfare, sustainability and equality

Tips and Advice

  1. https://www.kth.se/en/student/studentliv can answer nearly all of the questions that you might have, but for more specific, such as:
  2. If you are an European student, and need to rent a room before you come, check our blogger Tomas Albrecht‘s post House Hunting in Stockholm;  if you are non-European and not sure how you should apply for a residence permit, read his detailed blog How to Get the Residence Permit
  3. (A strong advice) Follow our Facebook page KTH International Students to get the most updated, useful and official information!

For MTLS students

  1. You may find detailed description about courses that you are going to have in the autumn semester 2017 in my page TO THE PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS as well as the post Course Review: Genetics of our student ambassador Carolina at Karolinska Institute
  2. To learn more about student life at Karolinska Institute, read its students’ blogs: https://studentblogski.wordpress.com/about/
  3. Already eager to be connected the research atmosphere in Stockholm? Events at Sci-Life-Lab, which is our cooperation institute, seminars from The Royal Swedish Academy of Science will definitely interest you
  4. Call-up Week: starting this week, you will receive a phone call from our current students. But don’t be nervous: it is our little tradition in order to reach, greet and welcome the new students! The first phone call will start on 29th March. So, do pick up your phone 🙂

See you in Stockholm! 😀