Slovak Republic (Fulbright S&T awardee 2011)
Pavel Ikrenyi is pursuing his Ph.D. in University of California San Diego’s Division of Biological Sciences. His research focuses on nuclear pores, which are huge molecular assemblies, with the primary function of acting as sort of gatekeepers to the nucleus. In the past few years, pore subunits have been implicated in additional diverse cellular processes such as regulation of transcription, cytoskeletal dynamics, even aging. Pavel plans to spend time probing the more exotic facets of these proteins.
A native of Slovakia, Pavel received his Bachelor’s degree from the Charles University in Molecular biology. To enrich his undergraduate studies he did summer internships at The Scripps Research Institute and European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Heidelberg. His short stay in Germany sparked his interest in the biology of nucleus, which ultimately led him to join Professor Hetzer’s laboratory at Salk Institute as an exchange student. The 2011 International Fulbright Science & Technology Award will allow Pavel to return to the Salk Institute for his doctoral studies.