NCDIR scientist Dr. Natalia Ketaren from the Rout Lab was once again invited to teach a research program at The School of Molecular and Theoretical Biology (SMTB) held in Barcelona, Spain. The Zimin Foundation funded school is under the helm of HHMI investigator Dr. Fyodor Kondrashov, who conceived the idea of the school from a desire to introduce budding young scientists to the global environment of active research science.

Over a course of 2 weeks, students get hands-on experience of what it is like to conceive, develop and carry-out hypothesis driven scientific research, performing either computational driven work or benchwork, under the mentorship of an international community of scientists, culminating in a conference showcasing the novel findings of each labs research project.

Dr. Ketaren headed the Laboratory of Protein Biochemistry, where her group of budding young scientists worked on a project based on a technological strength of the NCDIR, single chain antibody variants, termed nanobodies. The aim of Dr. Ketaren’s group at the school was to explore the properties of Nanobodies that make them such versatile reagents in biomedicine and general science.

Dr. Ketaren (2nd from right) and her group of young researchers presenting on conference day at SMTB 2019 in Barcelona, Spain!