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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. During my internship at Jacobs University in Bremen I studied an Elp3 protein from Dictyostelium discoideum. I then completed my Master’s thesis at the Czech Academy of Science in the Laboratory of Microbial Genetics and Gene Expression, where I investigated mycobacterial small RNA Ms1. After completing Master’s studies, I worked at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in the Genetic Screens of Cellular Traits group.

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

Hills Road
CB2 0XY Cambridge

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