The SASPRO program gave me the opportunity to work on my own research ideas. During the realization of my project, I started strongly interacting with the experimental group at IEE SAS. As a result, we've been able to explore new directions of research together and to continue our collaboration for the purpose of other projects.
Institute of Electrical Engineering SAS
Mgr. Michal Jan Mruczkiewicz, PhD.
My research focuses primarily on the immunomodulatory mechanisms by which the viruses evade the immune response in the host. In particular, we study human cytomegalovirus' proteins that can'switch OFF' our immune system. Those natural mechanisms inspire us in the development of new therapeutic agents not only to suppress viral infections but also to combat autoimmune diseases when the immune system gets out of control.
Thanks to the goodwill I met in my host organization, the Biomedical Center of the Slovak Academy of Sciences, we managed to move forward in the project and we were able to characterize several of these viral molecules, which can later become targeted biopharmaceuticals. Among other things, the SASPRO program enabled me to build an intensive network not only with domestic but also foreign partners and also enabled my professional career growth and building my own research team (currently, I am the head of the Department of Immunology). Moreover, thanks to the synergies with the new projects that we managed to create during the SASPRO program, we gained a solid foundation for maintaining the long-term sustainability of this research. I believe for those researchers who want to return to EU will find great opportunities in this program, whether they looking for economical or moral support, which was undoubted in SASPRO.
Biomedical Research Center SAS
Mgr. Ivana Nemčovičová, PhD.
SASPRO provides great support for ambitious and independent researchers. Work in a modern laboratory of Slovak scientific institutions gives you the opportunity to reach professional maturity, improve your skills, accelerate your career. Thanks to this program, your scientific ideas and dreams can come true, because the funds involve not only a decent salary but the purchase of the necessary materials, paying for open access publications, attending conferences to disseminate the results.
Institute of Geotechnics SAS
Inna Melnyk, PhD.
SASPRO programme allowed me to study topics of my own choosing. It greatly contributed to my scientific independence and helped me get established in my field of research.
Institute of Physics SAS
RNDr. Daniel Reitzner, PhD.
As possibly to many others, SASPRO gave me the unique opportunity to return to Slovakia. Thanks to SASPRO, I can work on my own scientific projects what also helped me significantly in starting my own scientific career.
Institute of Chemistry SAS
Mgr. Stanislav Kozmon, PhD.