Travel grants for promoting SciLifeLab collaboration with EMBL

As part of the SciLifeLab and EMBL joint Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), funds are now made available for SciLifeLab scientists and infrastructure personnel that will visit EMBL during 2023.

The grant is aimed at SciLifeLab infrastructure personnel, SciLifeLab Group leaders, or PhD students and researchers in these groups, that will take a course at EMBL, participate in a conference/ workshop or visit an EMBL facility or research group in 2023.

Valuable experiences from the 2022 EMBL visits

This funding programme began already last year. Recipients of the 2022 call were: Hans Blom for a visit to EMBL Imaging Centre (to learn about new equipment to be installed at SciLifeLab ALM unit), Yujie Zhang and Ryan Hull from Pelachanos lab (conference participation). They shared their experiences visiting EMBL.

Hans Blom

  • SciLifeLab Head of Unit, Advanced Light Microscopy (ALM) facility, KTH
  • Visited the Imaging Center at EMBL in Heidelberg

Hans and Hjalmar Brismar initiated the Advanced Light Microscopy (ALM) facility at SciLifeLab in Solna in 2010, focusing on giving national support in super-resolution microscopy. Last year the ALM facility received funding from SciLifeLab and KTH to buy a MINFLUX platform.
”To learn more about the MINFLUX technique, how to run the system, and under what conditions it works the best, I received money to visit the Imaging Center at EMBL in Heidelberg for a train-the-trainer visit. During the training, I received excellent expert knowledge of the technique and how to get good single-nanometer precision data. Via the joint memorandum between EMBL and SciLifeLab, my staff and I will continue this connectivity and infrastructure exchange around the MINFLUX technique”, Hans says.

Ryan Hull

  • Postdoc, Karolinska Institutet
  • The Complex Life of RNA, EMBO | EMBL Symposium, 12-15 Oct 2022

Ryan visited the biennial EMBO | EMBL Symposium, one of the most significant gatherings of international experts in RNA biology. He presented his latest research findings in a poster entitled “5PSeq-TS: capturing the RNA degradome in humans and single-cells”, detailing a new short-read sequencing method he has developed at SciLifeLab. “The symposium provided the perfect platform for me to network with experts in RNA biology, and I believe these connections will prove invaluable in helping shape the next steps in my research career as I look to establish my own independent research line”, says Ryan.

Yujie Zhang

  • PhD student, Karolinska Institutet
  • The Complex Life of RNA, EMBO | EMBL Symposium, 12-15 Oct 2022

Yujie also visited the biennial EMBO | EMBL Symposium, mentioned above. Presenting her research in a poster entitled “Ribosomal frameshifts as a novel mechanism to regulate mRNA abundance in response to stress”.

”I am grateful for the support from SciLifeLab, which enabled me to attend the EMBL Symposium on ‘The Complex Life of RNA, EMBO’. This presented a valuable opportunity for me to receive feedback on my project and expand my network with fellow RNA biologists in the field”, she says.


Last updated: 2023-05-11

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