Meet our summer intern Marc
During the 3rd year of my Biology degree at the University of North Texas, I was motivated to expand my biological sciences knowledge by spreading out to learn more about biomaterials and their purpose in modern dental settings. That is when I found the wonderful opportunity to partake in a one-month internship at the University of Oslo to study contemporary methods of periodontal therapy utilising injectable hydrogels and human mesenchymal stem cells.
What has he learned during his stay in Oslo?
Although my stay was relatively short, the knowledge, skills, and insight I gained was insurmountable. I worked under Aman Chahal, a PhD student researching the adhesion of mesenchymal stem cells to polyethylene glycol gels. Since I had never had true laboratory training before, he showed me the ropes and briefed me on common techniques and practices. He was very patient with me and answered all my questions to the fullest. I received microscopy theory lessons and fluorescent confocal microscopy training from Duarte Mateus, which I used to observe the samples with.
This experience was invaluable to me as it made me appreciate the value of research and the work that is put into it. I learned important skills that can be used in both the clinical and research setting, which I am sure will assist me in my future science career.
Photos by Aman S Chahal / UiO