Our PhD student, Márton Kocsis, has just returned from a study trip to Dublin. Below you can read his travelogue:

Semmelweis University and PharmaHungary Ltd., in the framework of the CRYSTAL3 collaboration project, gave me the opportunity to spend 2 months in Dublin, working and studying at the Department of Biochemistry and Immunology at the prestigious Trinity College. During the secondment, I studied inflammatory pathways closely related to my PhD topic in polarized macrophage populations isolated from mice.

The cultural and scientific cross-fertilisation between the two universities was inspiring and allowed me to see my research area from new perspectives. The trip was an enriching experience for me not only professionally but also personally. Dublin completely captivated me with its beauty, its buzz and its rich history. The diversity and vibrant energy of the city has always given me a fresh impetus to my daily life. On weekends, I had the opportunity to explore the beautiful Irish countryside, the endless poison green hills and the vast rocky coastlines. My most enjoyable experiences were with the local people, and the legendary Irish hospitality and kindness is not just something you see in the movies. Wherever I went and whoever I met, everyone had a kind word for me, and it was very easy to get into good conversations (and not just in the famous Irish pubs 😊).

My posting in Dublin will be a lasting memory for the rest of my life. I gained a lot of experiences, made many new friends and most importantly, I gained experience and insight into the workings of a research team abroad.