Olga Yakimenko, IAESTE intern from Kazakhstan
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"My project was focused on increasing the value of forest products and residual waste"

Publicerad: 10 oktober 2017

Olga Yakimenko, IAESTE intern from Kazakhstan
Period of internship: September 2016 – May 2017

The research internship at Luleå University of Technology offered me a great opportunity to obtain a real valuable experience of working in the field of biotechnology and process design. This research is a special chance for me because my special field of interest is about developing integrated processes that combine biotechnology and chemistry to produce foods, chemicals and fuels.

My project was focused on increasing the value of forest products and residual waste; we’ve worked to develop and demonstrate the production of biogas, methane from forest products and a high quality biochar from lignin. Even though it's quite far from what I did previously, this experience’s certainly broadened my skills in molecular techniques which are applicable for future studies and research furthermore faced me with challenges, process of learning and overcoming difficulties that I enjoyed.

After completing my internship at LTU I went to Taiwan as a participant of TIGP-International Internship Program in Interdisciplinary neuroscience track, which dragged my interest in biomedical research. Currently I’m Master’s program student in Biomedicine at Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm.