Guest scientists from India and Thailand visit ImmunoSensationJuly 02, 2018
Each year in Lindau, Nobel Laureates meet with the next-generation of scientists, with the aim of fostering the exchange of knowledge between different generations and nationalities. The junior scientist comprise of undergraduates, postgraduates and postdocs. The annual meetings focus on three natural science disciplines, and alternatingly feature the field of physiology and medicine, physics or chemistry and once in five years a joint meeting of the disciplines. For many years now, the DFG has invited participants from China, Thailand and India to tour top research institutions in Germany on the so-called “Post-Lindau Tour”. This year’s meeting was dedicated to the field of physiology and medicine and thus on the list of top ranking research institutions in this field was the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Bonn.
The young researchers were given a tour of two of the 10 core facilities including a 15 min talk from the managers of each facility. Dr. Florian Schmidt, who is the youngest Cluster of Excellence core facility leader, introduced his recently established Alpaca Nanobody core facility. He discussed the importance and future implications of Nanobodies in infectious diseases such as HIV and Dengue among others. Schmidt cited the stability of Nanobodies in harsh conditions and their producibility at low costs, as a way to foster science outside industrialized countries.