The 64th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting finished on the 4th of July 2014 and one of the HZI young researchers was there. Vinay will tell you all about his experiences in this blog next week but of course he was expecting certain things beforehand. Therefore, I spoke to him about how he got there and why he wanted to be at the meeting.
Rebecca Winkels (RW): Hello Vinay, could you please give us your background first of all so that people know who you are?
Vinay Pawar (VP): My name is Vinay Pawar and I am a doctoral student at the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research working in the Molecular Immunology Department. I am a post graduate in Biotechnology from the University of Pune. Bacterial infections and immunology is my major area of focus ever since my undergraduate studies. Currently, I am studying in-vivo biofilm infections of P. aeruginosa and S. aureus in a murine model. At my group at the HZI we are interested in understanding immunology behind these infections. Additionally we are investigating effective novel drugs treatments for their eradication.
RW: Why does science fascinate you?
VP: I am from an academic family as my parents are teachers. I think that lead to development of a strong interest in science when I was a child. I believe science has the potential to solve all problems of mankind. I consider science as a life-long learning process through which you can contribute to society and can make major impact on everyone’s life. One can push all boundaries by doing scientific research. This is my motivation and driving force to do research in science.
RW: Why did you want to go to the Lindau Meeting? And how did you hear about it?
VP: The Lindau meeting is the golden opportunity to meet noble laureates which are real heroes for me. I heard about the meeting from my supervisor who really motivated and encouraged me to apply.I applied for it through open application and I hoped for the best. Fortunately I was short-listed and was one of the 600 young researchers invited. I was really excited to get that experience.
RW: What did you expect from the meeting?
VP: I was really excited by the simple fact that I will be able to interact with Nobel laureates. I also wanted to ask them question about their research and the way they look at current science. I think this is very important for an early stage researcher to learn this from the best and most renowned people in science. Similarly I have the opportunity to meet my fellow young researchers who are going to be the future of science. The selection process is so rigorous because they try to select the best people in the business. I was looking forward to great discussions, networking and many unforgettable experiences.”
RW: What kind of research did you present in Lindau?
VP: I strongly believe that my research work is essential to design better therapies for chronic biofilm infections. Bacterial biofilm infections are very complex and still there only little is known about it to treat it with appropriate medicine. My findings will give better understanding and insights into these infections and it would help in devising novel strategies to encounter this issue. I think sharing out knowledge with other will create awareness about this issue.
RW: Thanks for now Vinay! Next week Vinay will tell you all about actually being at the meeting and show you some pictures of the great people he met in this blog.