Sinemez Atalay, a doctoral student at the Medical University of Bialystok (MUB), has been awarded the prestigious Start 2021 Program Prize of the Polish Science Foundation.

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Sinemyiz Atalay became a scholarship holder for the Maria Skłodowska-Curie ImPRESS project implemented at MUB. Atalay, who comes from Turkey, is also a researcher in the Department of Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry and a PhD student under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Hebb. Elżbieta Skrzydlewska as part of the international doctoral studies at the ImPRESS project.

The research activity of Sinemyiz Atalay is focused on evaluating the effect of natural cannabinoids on the protein profile of human skin cells exposed to UV rays, and thus on redox imbalances and the level of lipid mediators in cells. Her achievements relate to the detailed description of the mechanism of action of cannabidiol in relation to changes that primarily occur in the cell membranes of keratinocytes under conditions of oxidative stress, says UMB.

Sinemyiz Atalay’s tremendous commitment during his 3 years of PhD studies led to the creation of 7 scientific papers.

A total of 100 distinguished young scientists will receive scholarships from the Start 2021 program of the Polish Science Foundation. It is the oldest scholarship program in Poland for the best young scientists representing all fields of science. Its goal is to support outstanding young scientists and encourage them to further scientific development. Program winners receive an annual scholarship of 28,000 PLN. PLN, which they can spend on any purpose.

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This year, one hundred award winners were selected from among 1,034 nominees. The list is dominated by women – 54% of all winners. The average age of this year’s scholarship recipients is 28.6 years.