Researching at Ohio State

Isabel Lopez-Oliva who is undertaking a PhD reports on her visit to Ohio State University.

“I had the pleasure to spend 3 weeks in June in Ohio State University in Dr Purnima Kumar’s lab where we carried a collaboration to study the subgingival microbiome in patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis and Periodontitis. Everyone was extremely welcoming and always happy To spend time showing and explaining me what they do. As a dentist doing a PhD in a wet lab, it was the first time I was in a dry lab with a team of expert bioinformaticians but I learnt a lot from them and felt greeted from the first day. I recommend the experience to any PhD student thinking of doing a collaboration abroad and look forward to go back to Columbus in November to finish the analysis. “

Collecting our saliva samples for the quantitation of bacterial DNA
The college of Dentistry in Ohio State University is the 3rd largest in the US and offers patient clinics (primary care and specialist dentistry), postgraduate training and clinical and laboratory research.
Ohio state university is very proud of their football team, known as the buckeyes. Their stadium can host more that 100.000 people.
We also had time to socialize in the vibrant and lively Short North Art district, filled with numerous galleries, theatres, pubs and restaurants. Two of my colleagues in the lab and friends (Akshay and Niharika), made sure I was entertained during the evenings.