Candidate selected: Lukáš Veľas
Lukáš has commenced his studies in Physics at Charles University in Prague in 2012. During three years long bachelors program he received good foundations in all the main disciplines of physics as well as mathematics and programming. Furthermore, he has gained practical experience in biophysical laboratories during student project and bachelor thesis.
After receiving bachelors degree in general physics in 2015, he continued with more specialized masters program in biophysics at Charles University. During this period he joined a biophysical chemistry group of prof. Martin Hof at Czech Academy of Sciences. Thanks to this one and a half year stay he mastered his skills in time-resolved fluorescence confocal microscopy and membrane biophysics. Original results of his research were presented in forms of posters at two conferences: Biomembrane days 2016 in Berlin and FluoroFest 2017 in Glasgow.
In October 2017 Lukáš started his PhD studies in Biophysics group of prof. Gerhard Schütz at Vienna University of Technology. Here, his research focuses on understanding fundamental interaction of T-cell receptor and peptide loaded Major histocompatibility complex. For this purpose he uses techniques of single molecule fluorescence microscopy. In addition, he participates in development of new microscopy techniques for better resolution of single molecules.