MEET THE DIBIO SCIENTIST SERIES : YEVHENIIA KRAVENSKA
Pubblicato il: 16.06.2021 17:00
Yevheniia is a post-doctoral fellow
Can you summarize in few words your research?
I specialized in mitochondrial biology, mainly dealing with the membrane transporting systems in health and pathologies. In recent years, I have studied the contribution of calcium and potassium transporting systems to the molecular mechanisms of Alzheimer's disease. My current project is connected with cardioprotection. The main methods I use in my work are electrophysiology and microscopy.
What is the most rewarding and the most challenging part of your work?
Of course, the patch clamp of mitochondria, with which I constantly deal, is extremely challenging. This technique requires jewellery precision, endurance and significant experience. And it is doubly difficult to adapt to the new patch-clamp setups in different laboratories, because they are all very individual. And, of course, the pinnacle of skill is a patch for a time when you have, for example, only one hour to "catch" the correct mitoplast, find your channel (this is purely a matter of fortune) and make a nice recording. And I can do it.
Tell us your story: what brings you to DiBio?
The scientific work of Prof. Ildiko Szabo, as well as her colleagues from the DiBio, have been exemplary and very interesting for me for many years. I found out that the laboratory is looking for a person familiar with the mitochondrial patch-clamp technique. I was just finishing my contract with my Polish colleagues. And here I am. It is very important for me that I have the opportunity to move in my scientific direction, while implementing an interesting project.
What’s your favourite “toy” for research – and what can it do?
Mitochondria, of course. Mitochondrial channels to be precise. I am inspired by the fact that many of the transporting systems are involved in various pathologies. And with all that is needed, it is possible to make a scientific discovery of great clinical/therapeutic value. We are creating the future and that's great.
What are your interests outside science?
As Confucius said, сhoose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life. In this sense, I am very lucky, so my hobbies are not very different from my profession. Nature, animals, natural knowledge and music are my passion. If I have at least a drop of free time, I try to go in for sports and read, learn new things. And to be honest, I really love to sleep, but like, probably, many of my colleagues, I am not very successful at this :)