Secondment at Universität Regensburg

Published March 28, 2023

  • Alejandro Yarritu Gallego, ESR9, received one week of training at the Institute of Functional Genomics from the University of Regensburg, one of the partner of the project.

    The functional genomics group is led by Prof. Dr. Perter. J. Oefner. During his secondment he worked particularly with Dr. Katja Dettmer-Wilde and Prof. Dr. Wolfram Gronwald who lead the MS and NMR research groups, respectively.

    You can learn more about Alex work here.

    • Members of the TrainCKDis consortium

      TrainCKDis brings together 9 interdisciplinary academic research teams and non-academic teams, all internationally renowned for contributions to kidney research. This are the beneficiaries of the project that hire the Early Stage Researchers. You kind find the beneficiaries list here.

      The consortium also includes 6 partners, including private and public institution as well as a patient association. They are keys to the training of our students. The lists is he

      And last but not least, the heart of the consortium and the scientific project is the Early Stage Researchers, the PhD students that are working, enabling the consortium as a whole to meet the objectives we set.


  • The secondment took place in the Institute of Functional Genomics from the University of Regensburg. The purpose was to learn from first-hand the different techniques and analysis performed on metabolomics to create a spectrum of gut-derived bacterial metabolite and their accumulation in different body compartments in Chronic Kidney Disease.

    "During this week we covered all the essentials to quantify metabolites using NMR or MS: Sample preparation on different matrixes, measurements of the samples, data processing, quantification and biostatistics. This will allow me not only to work independently after the measurements are done, but to get a deeper insight into it." Alejandro Yarritu Gallego

    NMR (Nuclear Magnetic Resonance) and MS (Mass spectrometry) are complementary techniques used to determine the molecular structure of a compound. NMR determine the molecular structure via magnetic field and MS via ionisation and mass separation. With this techniques, Alex was able to identify the metabolites that are present on his samples.

    • What is a secondment ?

      A Secondment in Innovative Training Networks is a mobility of the Early Stage Researcher to another member of the consortium (beneficary or partner organisation). It is an integral part of their research and training project. During their secondment, researchers receive supervision and training from a Principal Investigator in the host institution. During this period the researcher experiences her or his researcher under a new perspective. Inter-sectoral secondment are highly recommended. In TrainCKDis training programme, we did our best to organise the secondments from academic to non-academic sectors or the other way around.