Meet FEMS Research and Training grantee Veronika Koziaeva

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Research and Training Grants are meant to assist early career scientists in pursuing research and training at a European host institution in another country than their own country of residence.

Veronika Koziaeva: Institute of Bioengineering, Research Center of Biotechnology of the Russian Academy of Sciences – Molecular Identification Laboratory, Moscow, Russian Federation

Host supervisor and host laboratory: Dr. Christopher Lefevre, Institute of Biosciences and Biotechnologies of Aix-Marseille, Saint Paul lez Durance, France

Dates: 4 June 2021 to 1 September 2021

FEMS Member Society Membership: Interregional Russian Microbiological Society

I studied Biotechnology at the Vyatka State University and then I received my PhD in microbiology at the Research Center of Biotechnology of the Russian Academy of Science. In my PhD I focused on the biodiversity of magnetotactic bacteria including the identification, description of uncultured strains. The main branch of my research is exploring the origin, evolution and mechanisms of microbial biomineralization, microbial magnetoreception (magnetotaxis), and their ecological functions. Besides the main prospect of my work, I am also interested in the taxonomy and systematics of bacteria.

I applied for the FEMS Research and Training grant for the possibility to collaborate with leading scientists in the field of my interest. The grant allowed me to get research experience abroad, and to meet good people with the same field of interest. Fellowship in the best microbiology laboratory specialized in magnetotactic bacteria allowed me to develop my skills in research of bacterial biomineralization and cultivating microaerophilic bacteria.

I already knew about FEMS before applying for the grant as I am a member of the Interregional Russian Microbiological Society which is part of FEMS. Moreover, I attended the FEMS Congress in Glasgow in 2019. I think FEMS provides great opportunities for young scientists in developing careers. Attending big congresses organized by FEMS and receiving grants for scientific trips are excellent chances to get research experience in the field you are interested in and, of course, to make future collaborations.’’

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