Florin Tudor Ilca

Name: Tudor Ilca
Country: Romania
Mentor: Holly M. Algood, Ph.D.

My name is Florin-Tudor Ilca and I have finished my second year at Jacobs University Bremen in Germany, where I study Biochemistry and Cell Biology. I have found out about VISRA from two other Jacobs students who had previously participated in the program and I was pleased to hear that they had a wonderful experience, regarding both the academic and social aspects. It seemed to be the ideal summer research program and I feel very privileged for being selected.

At Vanderbilt I am currently working in a lab which focuses on the immune response against Helicobacter pylori, a pathogenic bacterium which can cause gastritis, peptic ulcers and ultimately gastric cancer. My project involves the analysis of the effects of different antimicrobials on mouse stomach epithelial cells and on the pathogen itself. In terms of career goals, after my undergraduate program, I intend to pursue a PhD degree in medical research, preferably in USA.

I think that one of the major advantages of studying at Vanderbilt is that apart from its outstanding research quality, it is located in a pleasant environment which is perfectly suited for the students’ needs regarding their social life. In this brief period of time spent in Nashville, I have witnessed a variety of exquisite events and attractions which strongly exceeded my expectations and made me eager to return one day.