CPR Student and Postdoc Association (SPA) – University of Copenhagen

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Student and Postdoc Association (SPA) at Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research

SPA is the student and postdoc association of Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research (CPR), initiated by a group of postdocs that sought to unite young researchers within CPR. The association provides a forum in which we can interact across floors, groups and scientific interests.


Meeli Mullari, PhD student, Nielsen Group (Proteomics Technology Development & Application), Dimitris Typas, Postdoc, Mailand group (Ubiquitin Signaling), Diana Zina Kowalik, PhD student, Montoya Group (Structural Molecular Biology), Nikoline Borgermann, PhD student, Mailand group (Ubiquitin Signaling), Alejandro Aguayo Orozco, PhD Student, Brunak Group (Translational Disease Systems Biology), Petra Schwertman, Postdoc,  Mailand Group (Ubiquitin Signaling)

SPA aims to increase the scientific discourse and training among its members not only to increase the transparency of the research conducted within CPR, but also to promote inter-/multidisciplinary research incorporating expertise from the research programs: protein signaling, protein structure analysis, state-of-the-art mass spectrometry and bioinformatics. SPA representatives are chosen from each floor to manage SPA activities and represent the association at CPR group leader meetings, giving students and postdocs a voice among the center management.

In the interest of improvement of the scientific discussion, SPA has collaborated closely with group leaders at CPR to improve the format of the CPR In Progress (CPR-IP) meetings. In these meetings students and postdocs present their ongoing research with the purpose of gaining constructive criticism from other researchers at the center. SPA also works actively to organize career planning events, to inform students and postdocs of career possibilities outside the university. One such meeting was hosted in 2014, with more to come in 2015. In 2015, SPA will also invite world-leading scientists to present their work and to meet with young researchers. SPA hopes to increase the interaction with similar student and postdoc associations from other UCPH research centers such as BRIC, to strengthen scientific networking and such that we may benefit from each other’s organized career and scientific events.

Contact persons:

Meeli Mullari, PhD student, Nielsen Group (Proteomics Technology Development & Application)

Dimitris Typas, Postdoc, Mailand group (Ubiquitin Signaling)

Diana Zina Kowalik, PhD student, Montoya group (Structural Molecular Biology)

Nikoline Borgermann, PhD student, Mailand group (Ubiquitin Signaling)

Alejandro Aguayo Orozco, PhD Student, Brunak Group (Translational Disease Systems Biology)

Petra Schwertman, Postdoc, Mailand Group (Ubiquitin Signaling)