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As a PhD student working on the oyster larvae looking at their impact due to climate change, I required more knowledge demanding molecular techniques like advance proteomics to deliver fact and consequences of climate change in my study. It was an unforgettable experience and knowledgeable trip for me in Italy, having the opportunity to attend the European summer school course to learn more about basic to advance proteomics.
The workshop was held in a monastery at Bressanone, Italy from August 19-25, 2012 in a place surrounded by a beautiful landscape full of vineyards and apple orchards. The summer course had participants from different countries, and I was one among three students got travel grant funded by FEBS, UK under “FEBS Advanced Lecture Course- High Performance Proteomics” with the support of Hong Kong Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (http://www.bch.cuhk.edu.hk/hksbmb/).
As a marine biologist and PhD student, my project involved in studying the effects of chronic exposure levels to CO2 concentrations of current atmospheric levels, pH 8.2 and predicted future levels to pH 7.9 and pH 7.6 thereby predicting the potential impact of climate change on oyster aquaculture in South China. The workshop provided me a unique opportunity to get more insights on the proteomics technologies starting from basics to advanced technologies developed in the field of life sciences. The workshop materials were highly useful providing fresh impetus in applying proteomics in marine biology field of research.
The workshop was run with many lectures from invited guest speakers introducing some new concepts including how to design an experiment, prepare samples and analyze the data with computational tools. It also had sessions talking about little advancement in post translational modification strategies and integrating “omics” data which is a way forward understanding biology in the field of science. Apart from the lectures and workshop, the participants were also made to involve in other extracurricular activities like mountain biking and hiking.
Since after this workshop it got me more confidence in my research that paved way for helping me to publish a paper related to my research in Marine biology (Dineshram et al, Marine Biology 2013) using proteomics tools. Overall the summer school was a joyous moment making me meet the best people in my field of research with a meaningful experience in my research career.