A few weeks ago, I participated in the 4th edition of the Jornades Doctorals 2014, an event organized by the Chemistry Department of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. As PhD students, we presented a poster and held a flash presentation to briefly explain what we are working on during our thesis. Furthermore, during the three days the Jornades lasted, we enjoyed three lectures by great scientists:
– Dr. Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, Nobel laureate, Professor at MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, England. Dr. Ramakrishnan’s lecture dealt with his studies on the structure and function of the ribosome.
– Dr. Andrea Sinz, Professor at Martin Luther University, Halle-Wittenberg, Germany. Dr. Sinz talked about chemical cross-linking of proteins and their study by mass spectrometry.
– Dr. Philip G. Jessop, Professor at Queen’s University, Landolt & Cie Professor in Innovations for a Sustainable Future EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland. Dr. Jessop introduced us to the concept of switchable solvents, which are able to switch one of their properties when an external stimulus is applied.
The Jornades were a very interesting melting pot of the different ongoing projects in the Department. It was very interesting to discuss and learn new things about very different topics in chemistry. During the closing ceremony, the PhD program’s committee announced the name of the winners for the best presentations, and I was awarded the second prize!
Here I leave my presentation about the main topic of my thesis: how to control magnetic beads within microfluidic devices and thus enhance the kinetics of reactions. I hope you like it 🙂