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Russia

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Kristyna


Home country

Czech Republic

Internship city and country

Moscow, Russia

Internship employer

Institute of Biochemical Physics, Russian Academy of Sciences

University study field

Food Technology

Year of internship

2018

Internship length

4 weeks


Work

During my internship, the research dealt with the physico-chemical properties of the nanoparticles of whey protein isolate (WPI) considered as delivery nanovehicles for polyunsaturated lipids. I got the chance to try the following methods: - preparation of pure and loaded PC liposomes - protein solution preparation - partial unfolding of whey proteins by heating - mechanical and ultrasonic homogenization - formation of the complex between WPI and phosphatidylcholine liposomes - refractometry

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Experience

I lived at the dormitories with other IAESTE students. The standard of the dormitories is lower than what I am used to, but that's how the Russian students so I took as a challenge and a chance to experience the life of a student in Russia. During autumn, there were quite a lot of other students. At my dormitory, there were about 15 students and at the other one around 5. Most of these students were Germans, so knowledge of German came in handy as well :D In autumn the weather is not very good for any outdoor activities, but if it's nice weather you can rent a bicycle to go around the city. For culture, you can go to the theatre (for example Swan lake) or you can check which festivals are happening (in September, there is a light festival). For food, you can try borsch, vareniki, bliny and much more...

Discover

I earned an insight into the research done at the department where I did my internship. I learned a bit of Russian and I got to know the Russian culture. It also helped me to be more more aware of my competences both at work and in life.