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Why a Latvian woman came to Linz to do research

Why a Latvian woman came to Linz to do research

Darija Podberecka researched the structural properties of stem cells in Linz. (symbol image)
Darija Podberecka

Darija Podberecka had never heard of Linz until a few months ago. When it came to finding a suitable location for her master’s project in medical technology, the Upper Austrian capital turned out to be “absolutely optimal” for the graduate of the Technical University in the Latvian capital Riga. The Latvian was particularly convinced by the reports from fellow students who had already completed a semester abroad on the Linz campus of the Upper Austria University of Applied Sciences. “There was no language barrier either because the course in Linz is conducted exclusively in English,” adds Podberecka.

The Latvian has been working in Linz since the beginning of the year. The research project is in the area of ​​lithographic 3D scaffolds that are suitable for the differentiation of stem cells. What can a layperson imagine by this? “Stem cells have various mechanical properties, for example varying elasticity, and being able to determine these precisely is important for their use in medicine,” says Podberecka. The structures of the cells finally became visible and measurable using experiments under the atomic force microscope.

Darija Podberecka
Image: FH Upper Austria

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Darija Podberecka
Image: FH Upper Austria

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