I’m going to write about my personal story and background, so sit tight, this might be a little long…
My name is Lorena Baranda and I come from Palencia (Spain), the city where I was born and raised. The reason you are reading about me today is because I am part of the 15 fortunate students who will be involved for 3 years in this research network, and I will be working at University of Rome Tor Vergata (Italy) in the Francesco Ricci Lab.
Applications are invited for a 3-year fully funded research position with the aim to design and synthesise DNA origami and other DNA/RNA secondary structures. These structures will be designed to change conformation in a controlled manner on target binding or change in environment such as pH. Changes in conformation will be measured by a number of techniques including FRET and imaging with TEM.
We’d like to tell you what we’re doing. You may know that we’re working on creating nanorobots using DNA technology. But you may not know what it is like to be a PhD student within a cross-European network working on interdisciplinary projects. Therefore, we’ve created this blog to give you, our readers, a glimpse of the life as a PhD student.
15 PhD students will be part of DNA-Robotics and they will take turns in writing posts for this blog. The format is completely free. You may find blog posts about the ups and down of being a PhD student, moving to a new country and experiencing a new research culture, posts about the perspectives of our research, or about science politics.
We expect the blog to start during autumn 2018. So stay tuned and see what shows up with regular intervals.
Flyers about DNA-Robotics and the upcoming call for positions were distributed among the participants at this year’s BIOMOD in Japan.
We hope to see many applications when the calls open.