Professor Sam El-Osta is the first “Honorary Associate” at KP.
The 30th of April 2019 was a day of celebration and a historical day for the Programme of Biomedical Laboratory Science and KP. This day the highly respected Professor Sam El-Osta from Epigenetics in Human and Health Disease Laboratory, Department of Diabetes, Monash University in Melbourne, Australia accepted – as the first person ever at KP – the title “Honorary Associate”.
Professor Sam El-Osta’s and his research groups expertise, knowledge and great interpersonal skills within the epigenetic research area of diabetes have been of great value to the students as well as to the staff and management at the Programme of Biomedical Laboratory Science.
The partnership has evolved also to include research cooperation with Steno Diabetes Center Copenhagen (SDCC), where skilled biomedical laboratory students have become the link between the diabetes research groups in Melbourne and Copenhagen. This has given even better opportunities for the students to be involved in research during their education:
The first talented student that participated in this research cooperation was Anne Jørgensen as a research intern in the El-Osta group in spring 2018, hereafter becoming a bachelor research student in Professor Flemming Pociot’s research team at SDCC. Anne became afterwards an employee at SDCC working on a research project.
It has been such a big success leading to the latest development of a 1½-year research programme with kick-off in autumn 2019. Another skilled student will first undertake a research semester at SDCC under the wings of Professor Peter Rossing and Leading biomedical laboratory scientist Evy Ottesen, then a research semester in the El-Osta group in Melbourne and finally returning as a bachelor student to the Rossing research group at SDCC in autumn 2020.
Leading biomedical laboratory scientist Evy Ottesen announces that she is very happy about this unique possibility for biomedical laboratory science students to become part of a well established research tradition in diabetes.