Suraj PatilUniversity Klikinikum Freiburg
I am originally from India where I did Bachelor of Technology in Biotechnology from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Guwahati, India. During my under-graduation studies, I got intrigued by how gene mutations prevent one or more proteins from working properly and thus disrupt physiological development or cause a medical condition. Thus I decided to opt for the master of oncology at Claude Bernard University Lyon 1, France. After completing my masters, I returned to India where I worked as a project assistant at Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune for about 8 months. Now I am a doctoral student working under the supervision of Prof Anna Köttgen and Prof Michael Köttgen at the Uniklinik Freiburg. My research experience until now is in cell and molecular biology with a focus on understanding the pathomechanisms of disease. My current goal is to better understand and tackle the challenges related to Chronic Kidney Disease and improving patients’ lives.
When I am not working in the lab, I will be doing outdoor activities, like hiking, swimming or biking, or watching football or Waterpolo matches. One of the things that I am proud of is that I had the opportunity to represent IIT Guwahati in the inter-university water polo and swimming competitions. In addition to this, I also like to explore a new culture so I enjoy when I get a chance to live in different countries for work or studies.