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ESR 10 - Petra Palenikova

Biogenesis and function of mitochondrial ribosome


I have always been fascinated by the complexity of biological systems and I find working in the field of biology creative and exciting. This fascination led me to work on different research topics. My first experience of working in the research laboratory was during a summer internship at Jacobs University in Bremen. This experience further strengthened my decision to pursue a career in research. I completed my Master’s thesis at the Czech Academy of Science in the laboratory of Dr Libor Krasny, where I investigated mycobacterial small RNA Ms1. Before joining the REMIX ITN PhD programme, I worked at the Wellcome Sanger Institute in the laboratory of Dr Leopold Parts, studying cellular traits of mammalian cells by means of CRIPSR/Cas9 technology.

I have found mitochondrial biology a truly interesting area of research. Joining the ITN REMIX is a great chance to help broaden our knowledge of molecular details of the mitochondrial gene expression. I am grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this international network and I believe the following three years will be full of interesting experiences.


Petra Palenikova

AG Minczuk, MRC | Mitochondrial Biology Unit, University of Cambridge

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CB2 0XY Cambridge

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