Meet Maria del Carmen Krawczyk of the University of Buenos Aires (Argentina). The postdoc is a member of the Laboratory of Neuropharmacology of Memory Processes and is on campus for the Advanced Techniques in Molecular Neuroscience course. This is her first CSHL course and her first visit to CSHL. Read on for what Maria shared about her experience at the course.
What are your research interests? What are you working on?
Elucidating the molecular mechanisms being modulated by the cholinergic system underlying the memory processes in mice.
What is your key takeaway from the Course?
As I'm in a pharmacology lab, the molecular techniques I've been learning will give me the opportunity to fulfill my postdoc project objective.
Was there something specific about the Advanced Techniques in Molecular Neuroscience course that drew you to apply?
I'm working to incorporate molecular studies in my research so every single module in the course drew me to apply as it will help me fulfill that objective. On top of that, the course covers TRAP and CRISPR which are two techniques I have been really wanting to learn.
If someone curious in attending your course asked you for feedback or advice on it, what would you tell him/her?
I'd tell him/her that this is an excellent opportunity to not only to learn the newest molecular techniques being used today but also to interact and discuss your project with well-known scientists and colleagues from around the world. In addition, the Advanced Techniques in Molecular Neuroscience is as much a theoretical course as it is a lab course where you have the opportunity to work in a lab to practice the techniques taught.
What do you like most about your time at CSHL?
I like the social interaction the most. The course convenes every day for two weeks straight so I have met, gotten to know, and discussed science with my fellow course mates and with the students from the other courses. This course is providing me with the opportunity to make lifelong contacts and possibly lay out the framework for inter-lab collaborations.
Maria received a full scholarship from the International Brain Research Organization (IBRO) to attend this course. On behalf of Maria, thank you to IBRO for supporting and enabling our young scientists to attend a CSHL course where they expand their skills, knowledge, and network.