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Amgen Scholars Programme

Amgen european symposium students

The 2022 Amgen European Symposium saw scholars and staff from the five different European Amgen Scholars Programme institutions gather in Cambridge: LMU, ETH Zurich, Institut Pasteur, Karolinska Institutet and University of Cambridge. 

Across three days in early September, scholars attended a programme of talks and workshops at Clare College. Speakers included Cambridge academics, speakers from Amgen, and Amgen Scholars alumni. There was plenty of opportunity for networking amongst the scholars, notably in the poster presentation sessions where each institution's scholars present their hard work undertaken during the summer. 

Events culminated in a presentation of the top posters from each institution, before a drinks reception and formal dinner - a chance for all scholars to celebrate their achievements at the end of their time on the programme. 

2022 Poster Winners

Programme Scholar Name Poster Title
LMU Winner Constanze Albrecht ‘Analyzing skull vasculature changes to diagnose brain diseases’
LMU Runner-up Saúl Gallego-Martínez ‘Iron Transport and storage in A. thaliana’
Institut Pasteur Winner Sarah Kapllani-Mucaj ‘Reprogramming the Epigenetic Code: Development of Novel Bisubstrate Inhibitors of the Epigenetic Writer SETDB1’
Institut Pasteur Runner-up Abby O'Sullivan ‘Pupil tracking using deep learning to assess mouse engagement in a virtual reality task’
Karolinska Institutet Winner Jana Počuča ‘Nrf2 stabilization by methylglyoxal impairs the control of Mycobacterium tuberculosis in macrophages’
Karolinska Institutet Runner-up Yuqing (Clara) Chen ‘Characterisation of lung cancer cell lines as a surrogate cholinergic model for Alzheimer’s Disease’
ETH Zurich Winner Thi Huong Giang Nguyen ‘Effects of granule-associated proteins on starch metabolism under stress conditions’
ETH Zurich Runner-up Luca Drole ‘Knee-deep in automated pose estimation of joint implants’
University of Cambridge Winner Mireia Blanco Gómez ‘Developing an accurate brain tissue phantom to support the design of new cancer therapies’
University of Cambridge Runner-up Sarah Jane Lynch ‘"Nemecstasy": A plant-derived small molecule that activates the master regulator of parasitic nematode effectors’
Special Prize – Winner Sevval Nur Bektas (LMU) ‘Contribution of immune involvement to retinal changes in Tet3 conditional mutant mice’
Special Prize - Runner-up Sevval Nil Esirgun (ETH Zurich) ‘Tooth-on-a-chip: 3D Modelling of Human Dental Microvasculature’


Amgen Scholars Programme

The University of Cambridge is delighted to continue to participate in the Amgen Scholars Programme and to welcome scholars from universities across Europe.

Amgen Scholars at the University of Cambridge will have the opportunity to work alongside our experienced faculty members, including some of the world's top academic scientists. They will gain hands-on laboratory experience, and actively contribute to the advancement of science. We hope that the experience of undertaking research in one of the world's foremost Universities will enthuse our Scholars about a career in scientific research.

We would like to acknowledge the support of the Amgen Foundation.