The Council for the Nobel Laureate Meetings Committee at AUB selected Biology PhD student Nataly Nasr Al Deen to be part of the Meetings’ 68th edition. Nataly was among 600 young scientists from 84 countries and 39 Nobel Laureates to participate in the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings in Germany.
In 2016, AUB became an academic partner of Lindau Meetings, giving young scientists a unique opportunity to meet extraordinary researchers and scientists and connect with their peers from all over the world.
“This is a unique opportunity for young scientists in the AUB community to spend time in the company of some of the most impactful scientific minds of our age; it will undoubtedly have a life-changing effect on their work and their outlook and I welcome this historic new partnership,” said AUB President Fadlo Khuri.
This is the second year that AUB students participate in this event. Last year, Jana Kobeissi, a bright Chemistry student, joined the Lindau Meetings for her work on a project to counter the rise of microorganism resistance to antibiotics with Professor Pierre Karam.
In addition to being selected by the committee to be part of the Lindau Meetings, this year’s student Nataly Nasr Al Deen was a panelist during a press talk on “Medical Innovations in Developing Nations” along with Nobel Laureate Professor Peter Agre, where she had the chance to share her experience on breast cancer survivors in Lebanon. She also gave the closing speech on behalf of the 600 young scientist at the farewell ceremony.
“I am forever grateful to my institution AUB,” said Nataly. “Being a PhD student at the Biology Department, under the supervision of Dr. Rabih Talhouk and Dr. Rihab Nasr, has equipped me with the necessary research and scientific tools, and the spirit to be the right candidate for the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings.”
“Nataly is one of our star students,” said Dr. Talhouk. “Her project defining the role of select miRNA in breast cancer initiation events using advanced 3D culture systems, is a collaboration between my laboratory at the Biology Department and that of Dr. Rihab Nasr at the Faculty of Medicine.”
“We are also working closely with researchers at the University of Purdue where Nataly is currently spending three months, and the translational aspect of her research may contribute to identify miRNA population involved in early stages of breast cancer and may lead to enhanced practices towards breast cancer prevention.” He added.
This partnership allows AUB students to build a network of connections with Laureates and many young scientists, and to work on potential collaborative projects and events.
Dr. Imad Saoud, the Chair of the Biology Department, encouraged students to explore the whole range of options that the education at AUB provides: “Biology is an umbrella term that covers a wide range of topics in one major. We teach our students to be self-educators; they can do anything they want and this is the beauty of the American system,” He said. “We are very proud of Nataly’s choice to do a Ph.D in biology and become a cell scientist; she was a great ambassador for AUB at the Lindau Meetings and her experience will definitely inspire her peers.”
The Lindau partnership is a testament of the quality of research provided to AUB students and their own capacity to develop their methods; it emphasizes once again the university’s role in shaping future generations.
Since 1951, the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings provide a platform for Nobel Laureates and potential scientists to exchange knowledge once every year. About 30 Nobel Laureates convene in Lindau to meet the next generation of leading scientists. The Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings is based on the principle of dialogue. The different sessions – lectures, discussions, master classes, and panel discussions – are designed to activate the exchange of knowledge, ideas, and experience between and among Nobel Laureates and young scientists.