31 January 2018

Karolina Ditrychova- eLife Early-Career Ambassador of good practice in science


eLife Ambassadors support the development and reach of initiatives ranging from encouraging the use of preprints to increasing the reproducibility of science, by leading conversations in their local communities, facilitating local discussions and connecting their communities with international developments.

eLife is a non-profit organisation inspired by research funders and led by scientists with a mission to help scientists accelerate discovery by operating a platform for research communication that encourages and recognises the most responsible behaviours in science.

On January 2018, eLife announced the 150 eLife Ambassadors, to catalyse improvements in the way science is communicated and performed.

One of the ambassadors is Karolina Ditrychova, a PhD student from the Brickman group at DanStem. 

"As a PhD student in Josh Brickman's lab, I am interested in exploring molecular mechanisms underlying embryonic stem cell differentiation and plasticity with focus on LCRs and their 3D interactions and occupancy using NGS-based techniques and single-molecule microscopy. I am very much keen on basic science and when I finish my PhD, I would definitely like to stay in academia. 

That is one of the reasons why I joined eLife Ambassador Programme, when I discovered the announcement on Twitter. I think that nowadays science is facing many problems - from publisher issues, through career pressure on young researchers to problems with reproducibility of experiments - and many changes necessarily need to be done. And I think that it is great, that eLife Community and ECAG are involving many early-career researchers around the world to join and disseminate the discussion about it.

We are now starting the first year of Ambassador Programme, so the format of the initiative is really all in the process and depends on what we make out of it. We are very much encouraged to be in touch and organise together, for instance, webinars or workshops on various topics. I hope to engage my colleagues here at DanStem and whole UCPH in many of these activities, and that they will find it helpful."

Twitter: #eLifeAmbassadors

Karolina joined DanStem in 2016, via the CPH BioScience Programme.