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Zsofia

PhD Doctor of Philosophy

Expertise
Molecular Oncology, Genetics, Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Pathology

Project ideas

Project ideas are meant to help inspire student thinking about their own project. Students are in the driver seat of their research and are free to use any or none of the ideas shared by their mentors.

1. Genetic engineering and ethics:

In this project you will learn the most advanced genetic engineering and genomics technologies and their application in medicine, agriculture and forensics. You will also investigate the ethical dilemmas and future aspects of the widespread use of these techniques. As a result you can prepare a lecture on these topics. Potential questions to investigate: Who owns your DNA? What is the value of privacy in the face of criminal investigations? Is prenatal embryo selection for blue eyes eugenics or the parent’s right? What are the consequences of engineering human embryos for disease resistance? Is biohacking the democratic and empowering path for science or something very dangerous?

2. Cancer therapy resistance:

Cancer is very difficult to treat, each cancer is different and they can quickly develop resistance to various treatments. In this project you can learn about cancer treatments, drug resistance and predictive biomarkers of resistance. It's all about personalized medicine. Through data-mining you will identify potential new markers of clinical therapy resistance.

3. Tumor immunology:

Fighting against cancer is a big challenge for the immune system: how can it recognize a cancer cell to be dangerous when it's the body's own cell? The relationship between the immune system and the cancer is a very active field of oncology research and numerous promising new treatment modalities have been discovered in the recent years which are based on the activation of the immune system against the cancer. In this project you will learn about breast cancer pathology through analyzing stained tumor samples for the presence of various immune cells.

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