Building bridges between specialists on computational and empirical risk assessment of engineered nanomaterials

Probir Ojha (JU) in University of Gdańsk (UG) in Gdańsk


My journey to the University of Gdansk, Poland, between 24.11.2013 and 19.03.2014 was most fruitful as a part of Work Package: WP4 – Development of novel NanoQSAR methodologies. This type of multi-institutional collaborative work is always important for young researchers to encourage the development of innovative and groundbreaking strategies in investigating increasingly novel, complex and convoluted areas. No doubt in my mind that NanoBRIDGES is one of the best possible multi-institutional projects on nonmaterial’s in the recent time.
During this period, I have tried to find out the mechanism of the cellular uptake of magnetofluorescent nanoparticles in pancreatic cancer cells (PaCa2) using quantitative structure-activity relationship (QSAR), homology modeling and molecular docking studies. This work provides an understanding of the important structural requirements or essential molecular properties and the requisite features of surface modifiers that ensure appropriate binding of the molecule at the active site of the target enzyme.
It was a memorable journey for me both scientifically and socially. The most important goal of multi-institutional collaboration is to exchanging, debating and negotiating ideas within the groups to learn something new and increases researcher’s interest in learning. During the secondment, I met with some scientist and also wonderful Polish people and gained lot of knowledge and accommodate myself in Polish culture. After this visit, I can accommodate myself anywhere in the world for sure.
Laboratory of Environmental Chemometrics in UG is a wonderful laboratory to work. Finally, I would like to acknowledge Professor Tomasz Puzyn, Dr. Agnieszka Gajewicz and all other lab. Members for their unconditional hospitality throughout the whole secondment. In future, if there will be a chance to work once again in University of Gdansk, Poland.


University of Gdansk
Faculty of Chemistry
ul. Wita Stwosza 63
80-952 Gdansk

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