Congratulations to our 2016 Laszlo and Etelka Kollar Kollar Travel Award Recipients:
Marianna Zaichuk obtained her Bachelor degree in Biology in Kiev, Ukraine. She completed her Masters in Neuroscience at the University of Tübingen, Germany, where she studied photoreceptors in mouse retina. Currently she is a graduate student at the ZNZ PhD program in Zürich, Switzerland. In October 2015, she joined Prof. Derek Bowie's lab at McGill for a three months project aimed to learn electrophysiological techniques and contribute to the understanding of GABA receptors role in disease.
"I am very grateful to the Laszlo and Etelka Kollar Travel Award Committee for supporting my work in a world-class lab at McGill University. In line with the goals of the Brain@McGill initiative, this opportunity has provided a unique and valuable research experience for a graduate student like me, and has allowed me to take part in a global collaborative scientific network"
Vinita Jagannath received her Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) degree in 2012 from Kasturba Medical College (KMC) Mangalore, Manipal University, India. She earned her M.Sc. Integrative Neuroscience degree in 2014 from Otto-von-Guericke University (OvGU), Magdeburg, Germany. Currently, she is a PhD student in the lab of Prof. Dr. Edna Grünblatt, Neurobiochemistry laboratory, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, University of Zurich, Switzerland. Her PhD project deals with understanding D-amino acid oxidase (DAO) and DAO activator (DAOA) pathways and their potential roles in schizophrenia.
In Montreal, she will be working under the guidance of Prof. Dr. Moshe Szyf, Sir James McGill Professor, Glaxo Smith Kline Chair, Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics, McGill University as a graduate research trainee for two months (February-March 2016). In his laboratory, she will learn epigenetic methodologies such as assay design, bisulfite sequencing and pyrosequencing which she can use eventually in her PhD project to understand the epigenetic regulation of DAO and DAOA genes.
"The Kollar award gave me an opportunity to be part of world-class neuroscience community at McGill University. It is indeed a privilege to work in the lab of Prof. Dr. Moshe Szyf who is one of the pioneers in the field of epigenetics.”