PhD abroad - international cooperation in Singapore

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State-of-the-art research and international cooperation: Purushothaman Kathiresan is a ph.d.-student in Aquatic Biosciences at the Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture (FBA). He is currently doing a 4-month research stay at the recognized National University of Singapore.

Kristine Vevik

Access to world leading expertise
Purushothaman's PhD project is within developmental genomics, and aims to elucidate some mechanisms of molecular regulation of early development of zebrafish, a model vertebrate. 

The main objective in Purushothaman's stay is to profile high-throughput protein dynamics during the early development of zebrafish embryos. This complex field of study requires advanced laboratory instruments and expertise. In order to access the latest development in proteomics equipment, it has been necessary for Purushothaman to include international cooperation to his work. Since January 2019, he is a visiting student at The National University of Singapore, where he has the opportunity to take advantage of state-of-the-art facilities and leading expertise in quantitative proteomics. 

Senior Scientific Officer Lim Teck Kwang, Dr. Lin Qingsong (NUS), Purushothaman Kathiresan (Nord University
From left: Senior Scientific Officer Lim Teck Kwang, Dr. Lin Qingsong (NUS), Purushothaman Kathiresan (Nord University)
(photo: private)


Purushothaman is collaborating with Dr Lin Qingsong, Co-Director at the Protein and Proteomics Centre (PPC), Department of Biological Sciences.

Dr. Lin Qingsong (left) and Purushothaman in the Protein and Proteomics Centre at The National University of Singapore
Dr. Lin Qingsong (left) and Purushothaman in the Protein and Proteomics Centre at The National University of Singapore

Mobility grant
The PhD-candidates at FBA may apply for a mobility grant from the Faculty, in support for planned research stays abroad. Purushothaman secured such a grant to cover part of his stay in Singapore. His supervisor, Professor Igor Szczepan Babiak, describes the stay as a strengthening of the highest-level education offered by Nord University. He further points out benefits such as increasing novelty and quality of the research, and self-development of the candidate. In addition, Purushothaman will acquire unique knowledge of advanced methodology, which he will further bring back to Nord University. 

Award for best student presentation
During the stay in Singapore, Purushothaman participated in the 24th Annual Lorne Proteomics Symposium in Australia. The conference is prestigious within the research field of proteomics, and around 360 members from institutions around the world were participating. In recognition of his oral presentation, Purushothaman won the “best student oral award" with the presesentation titled: "A new procedure of deyolking improves the proteome analysis in zebrafish early embryos".

Ph.d.-candidate at FBA, Purushothaman Kathiresan (left) participated in "The 24th Annual Lorne Proteomics Symposium" in Australi
Ph.d.-candidate at FBA, Purushothaman Kathiresan (left) participated in "The 24th Annual Lorne Proteomics Symposium" in Australia, where he won the "best student oral award". (photo: private)



Kristine Vevik

Proteomics is the study of all proteins in a cell, tissue or organism. In proteomics one attempts to obtain a complete overview of all proteins an organism can produce, the structure and function of the proteins, and the interactions of the proteins with one another and other molecules in the cell. The total amount of proteins in a cell, tissue or organism is called a proteome.

Source: snl.no

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