My Research Stay in Santiago de Compostela

Sogol makes presentation in the lab meeting

Santiago de Compostela skyline

Sogol near the beach

Santiago de Compostela city center

by Sogol Gachkar

I went to Galicia in northwest Spain in May 2016 stayed at an amazingly beautiful city at the end of the Camino way called Santiago de Compostela. There is a holy, religious history behind this city. Apparently, St. James followers found his dead body buried in this place, which was marked with shining stars (from latin Campus Stellae= field of the star). The city is always full of pilgrims and very international. I recommend everybody to visit this city once in life! But go in summer because otherwise it is raining a lot here! And learn a few words of Spanish before reaching Santiago!

My host laboratory is led by Prof. Miguel Lopez, one of the most famous scientists in the field of thermoregulation, brown adipose tissue and thyroid hormones. The lab has longstanding experience in techniques like stereotaxic surgery and intracerebroventricular (ICV) administration. I was very lucky to be able to finish my subproject about thermoregulatory effects of 3-Iodothyronamine. I’m really happy that I had a chance to carry out part of my lab work abroad, especially observing how science works here, how people solve their scientific problems and communicate. I found my colleagues to be very hard working and focused scientists.

I would like to thank GRK1957, my two supervisors in Germany as well as in Spain and everybody who helped me to come here and stay in Santiago.