My lab and the PhD-project I am doing
I am a PhD student within the section of CHO Cell Line Engineering and Design at Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability, Technical University of Denmark. It is a vibrant environment with CHO scientists, whose expertise is ranging from upstream cell development to bioprocessing. My PhD project is focusing on developing new screening platform for obtaining high-producing cell lines and identification of integration sites, supporting high-level and stable expression of recombinant proteins. I am also involved in further advancing the CRISPR/Cas9 toolbox for improved genome editing of CHO cells.
What kind of tips would you give to future PhDs taking part in an ITN?
I would recommend future PhDs involved in ITNs to take the advantage of being a part of huge consortiums to collaborate with their colleagues, learn from them and expand their professional networks. ITN is also once-in-a-life-time opportunity to work in the environment in-between academia and industry, which can help instill bio-entrepreneurial skills and mindset.
Why have you chosen to do a PhD in an international collaboration project?
I have a Bachelor’s degree in Laboratory Biomedicine from University in Ljubljana, Slovenia and Master’s degree in Molecular Science from Uppsala University, Sweden.
Already as a master student I started working with peers having different scientific backgrounds in an international setting that I much relish. Being part of an international team gives me a feeling of creating cutting-edge science, incorporating and taking advantage of the strengths coming from different teams. Moreover, the diversity of individuals and their research styles within such teams promotes creativity, facilitating discovery and progression of science.
Nuša Pristovšek , DTU