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!
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-EMat 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
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
https://sweden.se is a comprehensive website introducing all faces of this amazing country
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 🙂