Renate Melngaile spent two months at the University of Copenhagen
Renate Melngaile spent two months (May - June, 2022) in associate professor Henrik Franzyk laboratory at the Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology. During her secondment under the supervision of a postdoctoral researcher, Nicki Frederiksen, Renate acquired a new knowledge and skills in automated solid-phase peptide synthesis. She synthesized a set of compounds for determining the effect of alternatives to Lys/Arg residues regarding antimicrobial activity.
Raivis Žalubovskis visited the University of Florence
Prof. Raivis Žalubovskis visited the University of Florence for one week (June 29 to July 06, 2021) to meet prof. Claudiu Supuran and prof. Fabrizio Carta and discuss topics on advanced methods of structure-based drug design, metalloenzymes as drug targets and principles of identification of new drug targets. They also had fruitful discussions regarding science management issues.
Martiņš Ruciņš spent two months at the University of Helsinki
From March to April, 2022 Mārtiņš Ruciņš was in Helsinki to carry out a 2-month secondment in professor Jari Yli-Kauhaluoma's laboratory (University of Helsinki). During this period he performed synthesis of natural products containing coumarin scaffold under the supervision of adjunct professor Paula Kiuru. He also gained new skills in science management.
Anda Sīpola gained new skills in the University of Antwerp
Anda Sīpola spent two months (March - April 2022) at the University of Antwerp to gain new skills and experience working in the field of biofilms for the development of new antibacterial drugs. During her stay, she also performed a screening of test compounds and measured their antibacterial activity on S. aureus (Gram-positive) and E. coli (Gram-negative).
Elina Lidumniece at the University of Copenhagen
Elina Lidumniece spent six weeks (March - April 2022) in associate professor Henrik Franzyk laboratory at the Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology. During her secondment under the supervision of a postdoctoral researcher, Nicki Frederiksen, Elina trained the solid-phase and automated microwave peptide synthesis in order to get different α-peptide/β-peptoid hybrid oligomers with antimicrobial activity.
Rudolfs Barons spent two months at the University of Florence
Rudolfs Barons was in the University of Florence to carry out his 2-month secondment program (February-March, 2022). During this time he gained new skills on advanced methods for the design and synthesis of selective inhibitors for bacterial Zn-depending enzymes. Rudolfs had a great opportunity to learn from the University of Florence's experts in this area.
Anastasija Balasova at the University of Florence
In November, 2022, Anastasija Balasova was in Italy to carry out a 1-month secondment at the University of Florence. She was gaining new skills in designing new inhibitors and screening compounds for inhibition of carbonic anhydrase enzyme. Using the stopped-flow technique, Anastasija determined the kinetic parameters of potential inhibitors.
Raivis Žalubovskis visited the University of Copenhagen
Prof. Raivis Žalubovskis visited the University of Copenhagen for one week (November 11 to 17, 2021). He was improving his understanding of antibacterial biopharmaceuticals. There were fruitful discussions with Henrik Franzyk and prof. Fredrik Björkling regarding science management issues as well.