From CRIMSON to MIT: Arianna and Silvia gain valuable experience in Boston

Arianna Bresci, Ph.D. researcher in Physics at Politecnico di Milano, and Silvia Ghislanzoni, Ph.D. student at Fondazione IRCCS INT, recently returned to their respective institutions in Milan after spending some months at the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston. They worked at the G. R. Harrison Spectroscopy Laboratory, led by Prof. Peter So, within the MIT Chemistry department. Here are some of their impressions from this experience.

Arianna: “My 1-year Ph.D. research at MIT, in the framework of the CRIMSON project, just came to an end. I successfully coupled Raman spectroscopy with phase holography, to study evolving unperturbed embryos and tumors. In a nutshell: I learned a lot, inside and outside the lab. Most of all, MIT shaped my mindset. Talent is nothing without discipline, network and vision.”

Silvia: “The CRIMSON Project gave me the amazing opportunity of visiting MIT, where I was finally able to shine a light (quite literally!) on cancer senescence-associated engulfing, using Raman spectrometry combined with cellular tomography”