Michal Sykora (2012)
Country: Czech Republic
VU Mentor: Ryoma “Puck” Ohi
Hi! My name is Michal Sykora and I am from the Czech Republic. I’m studying Genetics, Molecular Biology and Virology in a master’s degree program at Charles University in Prague. I finished my bachelor’s studies of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry of Organisms at the same university last year. Since 2009, I've beenworking on my master’s thesis with yeast killer plasmids in Laboratory of RNA Biochemistry at Charles University.
Here at Vanderbilt, I was given the opportunity to work unde rthe guidance of Dr. Ryoma ”Puck” Ohi in the Laboratory of Cell Division and I am enjoying it so far. My summer project concerns examination of microtubule-nucleating properties of kinetochores in animal tissue culture cells using analysis of fixed cell imaging and live cell imaging. I was basically hoping to broaden my horizons in research options and getting adjusted to the foreign environment. Thus far it’s going pretty well.