Cordoba student travels to a conclave with Nobel Prizes in Chemistry

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There are people who from a young age give the feeling that they will leave a mark. They are restless, curious, they seek to learn and revolutionize their world. And that’s the case with Clara Miserendino.

“Clari” is a native of the town of El Manzano. And she, from the Sierras Chicas in Cordoba, undertook the path of science with the aim of learning and sharing. In this way, since she was a teenager, she made these actions a goal and a quality.

For this reason, now, at the age of 22, he is packing his bags to go in search of a new experience in the scientific world.

The Biotechnology student at the National University of Córdoba will travel to Germany in the next few hours to meet with Nobel laureates as part of the Lindeau Nobel Meetings program of the Columbus Association.

Ramakrishnan was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2009 for his study of the structure and function of the ribosome.

“I am living these days with a lot of adrenaline. A full between the last partial of my career, final deliveries, preparation of the trip and farewells. Very excited for what is to come. I already have the program for the event and I am very excited about everything I am going to learn,” Miserendino told La Nueva Mañana, with a smile from ear to ear.

The Cordovan student was selected to participate in the 70th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting Interdisciplinary, which was going to be in 2020, but in 2021 it was online due to the pandemic. Those who participated last year were reinvited to future events of the specific discipline. In the case of Miserendino, it will participate in the 71st Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting, which will be held in person and there will only be Nobel Prizes in Chemistry.

– With whom of the Nobel Prize winners would you like to talk for a long time?

– They all have exciting stories and admirable careers. Venki Ramakrishnan in particular is someone I look forward to hearing from. I was selected to be a panelist alongside him and Nobel Laureate Brian Schmidt on the first day of the event, so very excited about that opportunity as well.

a unique event

Miserendino will be traveling to Europe on the 24th. The event starts on Monday 26th of the current and will be until July 1st.

These conclaves have become, since 1951, a unique international scientific forum, since they constitute a great opportunity for exchange between different generations, cultures and disciplines. Once a year, thirty to forty Nobel Prize winners gather in Lindau, Germany, to meet the next generation of outstanding scientists: six hundred undergraduates, doctoral students, and postdoctoral researchers from around the world. Among them will be Miserendino along with two other UNC students: José Leonardo Bravo and Santiago José Fronasier. Bravo has a degree in Chemistry and Fronasier is in the last year of his Biochemistry degree.

The young woman from Cordoba is passionate about science. When she finished high school she enrolled in five scientific careers and ended up leaning towards biotechnology.

There are people who seem marked. They don’t know until something happens. “Clari” she was born on June 16, 2000. When she was already studying for her degree, she found that June 16 is celebrated as the ‘International Day of Biotechnology’. There are no coincidences.

– What do your teachers tell you about this possibility of meeting Nobel laureates?

– Having the opportunity to participate in this event thanks to the National University of Córdoba and the Faculty of Chemical Sciences is something for which I am very grateful. It is a huge opportunity, really incredible.

– Do you have any dreams as a scientist?

– I don’t know if I have a dream as a scientist. As a person, I want to leave a mark on the world. Make this planet a little better place.

That desire has dragged him for a long time, from when he participated with his high school in the Olympics and science camps. Constantly in his adolescence he was inclined to scientific activities. “That blew my mind, I saw a magical world”, he tells about those experiences.

In this framework, in 2016, he participated in Vietnam representing the country in the international biology Olympiad; she was also invited for a month to the Weizmann Institute, in Israel, to participate in a camp on developmental biology; she was in Uruguay at the Latin American science camp, and in Chile, when she was 16 years old, she represented Argentina at the Bayer Kimlu Science Camp for young leaders. In addition, she was involved in three projects for students organized by NASA, developing solutions for the quality of life in Córdoba.

Schmidt shared the Shaw Prize in astronomy in 2006 and the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2011 with Saul Perlmutter and Adam Riess for providing evidence in favor of the acceleration in the expansion of the universe.

And he also gave two TedX talks in which he encouraged young people to revolutionize education.

She is currently considered one of the young leaders of biotechnology in Latin America. She is in her fifth year of college at UNC. However, this trip to Europe will not be a return trip soon, since she decided to stay to finish her studies in Singapore, where she will be until December of this year.

“I obtained the recognition ‘Singapore International Pre Graduate Award’ granted by A*STAR (Agency for Science, Technology and Research) and that will allow me to do my final degree project to receive a degree in Biotechnology. Singapore is a country with excellent scientific and academic standing and I am very excited about this opportunity”, she recounted.

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Cordoba student travels to a conclave with Nobel Prizes in Chemistry