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College students choose CNIO’s science over summer vacation


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The CNIO Summer Training Programme 2015 welcomes Spanish and foreign university students, giving them the opportunity to immerse themselves in a real-life research environment and to work side by side with top-level scientists

Nearly 400 candidates from all around the world applied to this programme, which will give the selected participants the opportunity to experience how basic research is translated into clinical applications, to operate cutting-edge scientific equipment, and to work in one of the few laboratories in the world dedicated to brain metastasis

Once again, college students from around the world have chosen to spend part of their summer sharing a workbench with scientists from the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO). All of them are in their last year of a biomedical science degree and will be travelling from Spain, the U.S., India and Peru, to experience first-hand — working alongside top-notch researchers — what their future career in science would be like.

On this occasion, from among nearly 400 applicants, nine participants were selected to benefit from the Centre’s 2015 Summer Training Programme. From June 22 to August 14, students will learn about, amongst other things, the very latest techniques to study tumours and the drug discovery process, as well as to see how this translates into clinical practice. Students will also be able to learn about the different aspects of metastasis research, the technical management of cutting-edge computational biology and spectroscopy instrumentation, or to work in one of the few laboratories in the world dedicated to brain metastasis.

This programme dates back practically to the beginnings of the Centre, in the early 2000’s, and has since consolidated its major role in attracting and promoting young scientific talent. These are the nine students selected to form part of the 2015 Summer Training Programme and the corresponding Groups hosting their stays at the CNIO:

  • Ana Arranz Sordo, Complutense University of Madrid, Spain; Medicinal Chemistry Section
  • Jeremy Auerbach, Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut, USA; Epithelial Carcinogenesis Group
  • Melanie Wendy Castro Mollo, San Martin de Porres University, Lima, Peru; Prostate Cancer Clinical Research Unit
  • Varshith Chakrapani, Anna University, Tamil Nadu, India; Structural Computational Biology Group
  • Osvaldo Andrés Cossio Donoso, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, USA; Spectroscopy and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Unit
  • Ana de Pablos Aragoneses, Francisco de Vitoria University, Spain; Genetic & Molecular Epidemiology Group
  • Diego Grande Izquierdo, University of the Basque Country, Spain; Cell Signalling and Adhesion Group
  • Bryan Zicheng Wang, Columbia University, New York, NY, USA; Microenvironment & Metastasis Group
  • Miguel Marín Rodero, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain; Brain Metastasis Group

The last student has also been the recipient of a grant from the Spanish Association Against Cancer (AECC) and will extend his internship until the end of the summer. Two other students have also received scholarships from the AECC: Ana García Casas (Complutense University of Madrid), who will be working in the Tumour Suppression Group, and Macarena Tello Vega (University of Seville), who will receive training in the Microenvironment & Metastasis Group. Linda Jiang, from the U.S. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), will also be joining the summer students. She will complete her stay in the Gastrointestinal Cancer Clinical Research Unit as an MIT-Spain Programme summer student.

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The students of the CNIO Summer Training Programme were welcomed on June 22 by the Dean’s Office and the Scientific Management team. /CNIO

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