Defenses of Ph. D theses of foreign researchers of the Institute


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   On June 29th both our foreign researchers and Marie Curie Fellows, Mr. Sharmin Nadkarni and Mr. Narasimha Bolla Rao, from the Chemistry Department of our Institute, working within the international project DECIDE, defended their Ph.D. theses at the Meeting of the Board of the Pharmacy Department of the Medical University of Warsaw. Mr. Sharmin Nadkarni defended his thesis entitled “Synthesis, structure determination and biological evaluation of double point modified vitamin D analogs”, and Mr. Narasimha Bolla Rao his thesis entitled „Design, synthesis and biological activity of vitamin D analogs with the extended and unsaturated side chain”. Prof. Andrzej Kutner, from the Department of Pharmacology, Co-chair of DECIDE Project, was a supervisor of both researchers. The thesis of Mr. Nadkarni was reviewed by Prof. Rafał Siciński, from the Chemistry Department of the University of Warsaw and by Prof. Sergiusz Markowicz, from the Institute of Oncology in Warsaw. The thesis of Mr. Bolla Rao was reviewed also by Prof. Rafał Siciński and by Prof. Michał Żmijewski, from the Faculty of Medicine of the z Medical University of Gdansk.
   Our Institute was represented on these public defenses by our Research Director, Prof. Andrzej Leś and by the Head of our Chemistry Department, Dr. Marcin Cybulski. The defenses were conducted in English (with simultaneous translation), for the first time at this Department. Considering the research achievements of both researchers, who are the senior authors or co-authors of four research papers in outstanding scientific journals, each, as well as the defense itself, both our employees were granted the Ph.D. degree the in pharmaceutical sciences with the highest possible distinction „Summa cum laudae”. Right after their defenses both researchers went for summer training in molecular modeling and in advanced organic synthesis to the laboratory of Prof. Antonio Mourino, at the Chemistry Department of the University of Santiago de Compostela, in Spain, to continue their research within the DECIDE Project.

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