Wellcome Trust PhD Student Cohort 2018
I completed my undergraduate degree in Molecular Medicine and a master’s degree in Biochemistry and Biophysics – both at the University of Freiburg.
During my undergraduate degree, I worked as research assistant, had an internship and participated in the International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition. I gained a better understanding of how new scientific concepts are investigated and how to formulate and experimentally validate scientific hypotheses by analysing newly discovered pathways in the regulation of mitochondrial protein import. I also gained experience in how techniques from basic science can be adopted to aid translational research by using gene editing tools for potential therapeutic applications for immunodeficiencies in clinical settings. During my master’s thesis I worked on the development of a biocompatible system for drug delivery at neural interfaces by functionalizing micro electrode surfaces with hydrogels for stimulus-induced release of therapeutical proteins. The Wellcome Trust ‘Cell Therapies and Regenerative Medicine’ Four-Year PhD Programme at King’s College represents an exciting opportunity to apply the concepts and techniques I have acquired from previous experiences and to extend my knowledge and transfer that towards a research goal. During my first rotation I am joining Dr Francesca Spagnoli’s Lab focussing on the in vitro generation of insulin-secreting pancreatic β-cells from human pluripotent stem cells.
Wladislaw Stroukov ORCID webpage