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    PhD student of the Medical University of Bialystok became a laureate of the prestigious scholarship of the Foundation for Polish Science

    10.06.2021 16:01
    Author: Administrator UMB

    Sinemyiz Atalay, PhD student at the Medical University of Bialystok from the ImPRESS project, became a laureate of the prestigious START 2021 Program of the Foundation for Polish Science.

    The doctoral student received a scholarship in recognition of her scientific and research achievements. Sinemyiz Atalay works at the Department of Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry under the supervision of prof. dr hab. Elżbieta Skrzydlewska. The research activity of S. Atalay focuses on the assessment of the effect of the natural cannabinoid - cannabidiol on the proteomic profile of human skin cells exposed to UV radiation, and consequently on redox imbalance and the level of lipid mediators in the cells.

    Her particular achievements concern the detailed description of the mechanism of action of cannabidiol in relation to changes occurring mainly in the cell membranes of keratinocytes under conditions of oxidative stress. These analyzes were conducted during the implementation of the ImPRESS Project: "The cannabidiol effect on membrane condition and intercellular signaling in keratinocytes exposed to physical and chemical environmental factors” and  „Estimation of the keratinocyte proteome differences after cannabidiol treatment”.

    More about her activity you can read here:


    Prestigious scholarships from the START 2021 Program of the Foundation for Polish Science will receive a total of 100 outstanding young scientists. The START program is the oldest scholarship program in Poland for the best young scientists representing all fields of science. Its aim is to support outstanding young scientists and encourage them to further scientific development. START program winners receive an annual scholarship of 28 000. PLN.


    The "hundred" of researchers awarded this year were selected from among 1 034 candidates. Women dominate the list. They constitute 54% of all laureates. The average age of this year's scholarship recipients is 28.6 years. As many as 51% of all winners have a doctoral degree (in Poland the average age of obtaining a doctorate is about 35). START scholarships are a distinction for young scientists who, although they are just starting their scientific careers, can already demonstrate significant research achievements


    Sinemyiz Atalay comes from Turkey, she is a scholarship holder in the Maria Skłodowska-Curie ImPRESS project, which is implemented by MUB.

    (This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 754432 and the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education, from financial resources for science in 2018-2023 granted for the implementation of an international co-financed project).