2011 SUR Programme

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First row: Luc Lebon, Connie Shi, Farkhod Yunusov

Second row: Kristina Kuznetsova, Ahmad Alsalman, Valentin Schmutz

Third row: Anna Nguyen, Johanne Boulat, Paulina Poskaite

Fourth row: Mezida Bedru Saeed, Anne-Mieke Bishop, Kirsty McInnes

Fifth row: Jovana Plavsa, Inna Tokar, Addison Martin, Luis Alejandro Gonzalez Blazquez

Sixth row: Gabriel Vinicius de Almeida, Abarna Ramanathan, Sun Chao

Missing: Teresa Galera

The class

Name University Where are they now?
ALSALMAN Ahmad Cairo University, Egypt Infectious Diseases Clinical Fellow, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, New Hampshire, USA / Instructor of Medicine, Geisel School of Medicine, Dartmouth College, USA
BEDRU SAEED Mezida University of Manchester, UK PhD student, Immunology, Dan Davis's lab, University of Manchester, UK
BISHOP Anna-Mieke National University of Ireland
BOULAT Johanne University of California, Davis, USA BSc, Faculté des Lettres, UNIL, Lausanne, Switzerland
DE ALMEIDA Gabriel Vinicius University of Campinas, Brazil Laboratory Technician, à PUC-Campinas
GALERA Teresa University of Granada, Spain Predoctoral Fellow, Institute for Biomedical Research "Alberto Sols", Madrid, Spain
GONZALEZ BLAZQUEZ Luis Alejandro University of Madrid, Spain EPFL, Prof. Ablasser lab
KUZNETZOVA Kristina National Avation University, Ukrainia Managing director at Datalab Agro, Ukraine
LEBON Luc University of Lausanne, Switzerland Project manager for health promotion and prevention, Ligue Pulmonaire Vaudoise, Lausanne, Switzerland
MARTIN Addison Eastern University, USA Rothamsted Research, Molecular Biologist, Hertfordshire, UK
McINNES Kirsty University of Glasgow, Scotland Final year of a PhD at the University of Glasgow
NGUYEN Anna Loyola University Maryland, USA Anesthesiologist assistant in Houston, Texas at a level-1 trauma and academic hospital
PLAVSA Jovana University of Novi Sad, Serbia PhD in structural biology, University of Novi Sad, Serbia
POSKAITE Paulina Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, Lithuania Resident for general medicine, Wels-Grieskirchen Klinikum, Austria
RAMANATHAN Abarna University of Cambridge, UK Final year medical school, Oxford University
SCHMUTZ Valentin University of Lausanne, Switzerland PhD student, Neuroscience, EPFL, Switzerland
CONNIE Shi University of Michigan, USA Resident physician, Massachusetts General Hospital, USA
SUN Chao Nanjing University, China EMBO & HFSP postdoctoral fellow, Max Planck Institute for Brain Research, Frankfurt, Germany
TOKAR Inna Kharkiv National Medical University, Ukrainia Faculty of Medicine, Universität Lübeck, Germany
YUNUSOV Farkhod Tashkent Medical Academy, Uzbekistan 3-rd year resident of Neurology department, Tashkent Medical Academy, Uzbekistan



Anna Nguyen, Loyola University, Maryland, USA

Words cannot capture how thankful I am for having had the opportunity to participate in this programme. When I received the acceptance e-mail, I remember replying and saying it was a dream come true, but after these 8 weeks in Lausanne, I can sincerely say that the experience has exceeded any dream I could have ever imagined before! It has truly been a moving and motivating experience to attend the weekly seminars and to receive encouragement from such highly accomplished scientists who are so passionate about research and discovery. My time spent in the lab has also been nothing short of amazing as I was paired with an amazingly supportive mentor who guided me along the roller coaster ride of research.

And of course, I will never, ever forget the friends that I have made during my time in the SUR Programme. This summer has introduced me to such a loving group of talented scientists who come from all corners of this world. Over these two short months, I feel like I've been able to embrace so many cultures and develop a second family. The discoveries and friendships formed throughout this programme just go to show how positive, valuable, and essential cross-cultural communication is as we advance into the future.

I could go on forever about how much I've enjoyed my time with UNIL, but I would like to end this message by thanking you all for your hospitality: for welcoming me into your programme, Switzerland, and even your home (for an amazing barbecue, by the way!!). As cliche as it may sound, this summer has been a truly positive, life-shaping experience thanks to all your hard work. I wish every student could receive the type of support that I've had encountered in these past two months.Bye for now and keep in touch!


Jovana Plavša, University of Novi Sad, Serbia

(on the EPFL / UNIL alpine hike)
I am very glad and very proud of being part of the SUR Programme and family :-)
Beside of science (which was very productive and up-to-date with everything) I met great group of people, as other students as me, but also you all there!
I wish you all the best in future and just be so great as you were when 2011-group was there!


Paulina Poskaite, Lithunian University of health Sciences

SUR programme in Lausanne is truly once in a lifetime opportunity. The summer experience of studying, working in a lab and having fun with fellow students from around the world is really unforgettable


Connie Shi, University of Michigan, USA

I had a really great two months here in Lausanne learning both inside and outside the lab. I feel extremely fortunate to have been a part of the program this summer and had the opportunity to learn new techniques in a different area of research. If future SUR applicants ever have any questions about the program, I'd be happy to talk about the experience.


Luc Lebon, UNIL, Switzerland

What a pleasure to see the photos of the programme on the website of the School of Biology. Thank you very much. So many good memories of this absolutely amazing programme! I believe that all participants agree that it was the most beautiful summer of them all!"


Brochure SUR 2011



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