Stojanov Konda Jakob Timotej

I am a fifth-year medical student at the University of Ljubljana and I will be visiting prof. dr. Dimitri Krainc at Northwestern University in the USA during my ASEF Research Visit. With prof. Krainc, I will be conducting research concerning extrapyramidal disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease and Huntington’s disease. During my studies thus far, I was actively involved in two research projects, among which one studied the occurrence of adverse effects of breast cancer radiotherapy, while the other studied the effect of adrenalin and insulin on the AMPK molecule in skeletal muscle cells. Both projects received the faculty research (Prešeren) award, whereas for the first I also received the Krka award and many publications in scientific journals and conferences. Besides my studies, I am active in our faculty’s Erasmus+ exchange program, helping foreign students who come to Slovenia, while also currently taking part in a year-long study exchange at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Heidelberg in Germany. Additionally, I am active in two student-led projects, one of which is focusing on conferring knowledge of risk factors and methods of prevention of cardiovascular diseases to the general population, whereas within the other I supervise the creation of podcasts including conversations with experts about various medical or health-related topics. In my free time, I like to do sports, especially cycling and fitness, as well as socialize with friends. Besides medicine I am also very interested in history, therefore I often like to read about topics from this field as well.