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Collaboration with the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology

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Publié le mercredi 25 octobre 2017

Following a successful grant application, Associate Prof. Antonio Del Sol will be an affiliated professor at the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT) for the next two years. The MIPT is “one of the leading Russian universities in the areas of mathematics, physics and technology” details Antonio Del Sol. He will develop collaborations with researchers at the institute and initiate some projects at the interface of physics and biology, tackling both experimental and theoretical aspects. They will especially focus on regeneration and disease modelling, studying for example the effect of electromagnetic radiation on living cells and tissues, with therapeutic applications in mind.

Prof. Del Sol will spend two month per year at the MIPT (distributed over several visits) and will also give lectures as well as supervise two Russian students – bachelor, master or potentially PhD – during his stays. Discussions about the programme and the choice of students are already ongoing. The student training component is an important part of the collaboration since the MIPT, that opened a new life science branch, has recently set up a unique curriculum. “It combines three years of rigorous mathematics and physics courses, followed by three years of biology. At the end of the mandatory six years, the students benefit from interdisciplinary knowledge and strong mathematical skills” explains Antonio Del Sol. Increasing students exchanges between the MIPT and Luxembourg could be very interesting, as the LCSB is looking to recruit more students with a double background and to train the next generation of bioinformaticians.

For now, the grant will cover the travel and accommodation expenses of Prof. Del Sol, but as the two institutions have common interests, the goal is of course to continue with this collaboration after 2 years and eventually get additional funding to strengthen the partnership.