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DIT student Shuai-shuai Hu selected to attend global Nobel Laureate event

Posted: 21 March, 2018

Shuai-shuai Hu, a PhD student in biological sciences in DIT, has been selected from over 20,000 applicants from around the world to participate in the 68th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting this June in Germany.

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DIT PhD student Shuai-shuai Hu

Only 600 young scientists, brought together from 84 different countries, will be afforded the opportunity to participate in the prestigious meeting this year. This exciting 6-day conference includes talks from 43 Nobel Laureates, along with masterclasses and poster sessions where the young scientists will have the opportunity to present their research to the Nobel experts. Participants will also take a trip to one of the leading research institutions of the Max Planck Society, which has produced 18 Nobel Laureates to date.

Shuai-shuai, originally from China, came to DIT in 2015 on a Fiosraigh scholarship to pursue her PhD project exploring the role of cholesterol in microparticles in human cells as potential indicators of cardiovascular and autoimmune diseases.

“I am so excited to have the opportunity to hear talks from Nobel Laureates and to connect with young passionate scientists from across the globe. I am particularly honoured to get the chance to exchange my research ideas with Nobel Laureates in the masterclasses, and to ask them questions about their career path. It will be invaluable in my development as a scientist and will open up new possibilities for my future.”

Shuai-shuai, who is studying under the mentorship of Dr Claire Wynne and Dr Steve Meaney in the DIT School of Biological Sciences, was originally inspired to pursue a research career by the work of Professor Robin Warren and Professor Barry Marshall, the scientists who discovered the bacterial species Helicobacter pylori which causes duodenal and gastric ulcers. “Professor Warren will attend the meeting this summer and it is my dream to meet him. I have viewed him as a role model throughout my studies.”

Shuai-shuai will be an excellent ambassador for DIT and Ireland at the meeting – a goal-oriented scientist who aims to make a positive impact on people’s health and wellbeing, “I have a strong desire to pursue my research career and I plan to continue working in research at postdoctoral level, ideally in the United States. My overall goal is to help people live better and longer.”

The Irish Research Council, as a strategic partner with the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings, are awarding Shuai-shuai with a commemorative token and €500 to cover her travel expenses for attending the meeting. 

Since their founding in 1951, the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings have served to promote exchange, networking and inspiration between exemplary scientists of different generations.