Dr. Olga Koshkina has been awarded a prestigious Feodor Lynen Fellowship for Experienced Researchers from Alexander von Humboldt Foundation to join the Sustainable Polymer Chemistry Group at the University of Twente. Olga’s core expertise is in the development of nanocarriers for imaging and therapy. She will work with Prof. Frederik Wurm to develop tailor-made polyphosphoester nanocarriers for the delivery of therapeutic cargo and quantitative 19F Magnetic Resonance Imaging (19F MRI).
Olga obtained her M.Sc. from the Gutenberg University of Mainz and Ph.D. from the Technical University of Berlin, in collaboration with Federal Institute for Materials Research (BAM), and Fraunhofer IMM. She designed smart surface modifications of nanocarriers, to tune their interactions with biomolecules and cells. Afterwards, she joined Tumor Immunology Lab at the Radboud University Medical Center. There she applied her skills in colloid chemistry to develop novel imaging agents for 19F MRI and ultrasound. Subsequently, at Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research she established new approaches for the assembly of nanoparticles to supraparticles that can be applied for the design of functional theranostic nanosystems in the future.
Feodor Lynen Fellowship for Experienced Researchers supports highly qualified German researchers who have already developed an independent research profile. The fellowship allows the researchers to carry out a project with a member of the Humboldt Network abroad, strengthening the international collaborations.