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My name is Andriy Kuzmyn. I come from Ukraine, and more precise: Lviv – a city in the west of this vast country. The distance from my hometown to Wageningen is around 1300 kilometers. The weather in both places is rather similar: rain, rain with some breaks between rains.
I graduated from Lviv Polytechnic National University and received a master’s degree in Biotechnology. Following my graduation, I was a student at UNESCO/IUPAC Postgraduate Course in Polymer Science at the Czech Academy of Science Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry (IMC), Department of Biomaterials and Bioanalogous Systems (Prague). Currently, I am working as an Early Stage Researcher at Aquamarijn Micro Filtration BV on the FoodSmartphone project (funded by European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under a Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant). The main goal of my research project is to create new approaches for design and development of antifouling bioactive surfaces for further application in microsieve-based biosensors.
I work mostly on optimization of different light-triggered surface-modification techniques now. The creation of surfaces that will resist to non-specific attachment of proteins is a challenging but incredibly fascinating task. Further this surface will be modified and functionalized with antibody or any other receptor. This bioactive surface will become the heart of future biosensors.
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