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Melita Kaltak




PhD candidate






Scientific background

In 2016, I completed my Bachelor's degree in Biology at the University of Zagreb, Croatia. While pursuing my Master's degree in Functional Genomics at the University of Trieste, Italy, I came to realize my passion for human genetics. I was awarded the Erasmus+ and Erasmus Traineeship scholarships to spend a year at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, where I conducted research under the supervision of Prof. Anders Ståhlberg. My work involved investigating the application of ultrasensitive sequencing on γδ T cells. I earned my Master's degree in 2018 and continued to work as a researcher in Prof. Stahlberg's group for one more year.

In 2019, I became a PhD candidate through the StarT Marie Curie Innovative Training Network, where I joined 13 other passionate PhD candidates to investigate the pathomechamisms and therapies for Stargardt disease type 1. I am co-supervised by Prof. Rob Collin and Prof. Frans Cremers at Radboudumc, and Dr. Jim Swildens at ProQR Therapeutics. My primary research focuses on the development and optimization of antisense oligonucleotides as therapy for Stargardt disease type 1. I'm thrilled to be part of this groundbreaking research and I can't wait to see the impact it will have on patients' lives.

Hobbies outside science

Although I have several hobbies, my greatest passion lies in music. I like discovering new music, which I enjoy doing by visiting second-hand record shops or attending music festivals. To express my “artsy” side, I collect second-hand clothing and fashion unique outfits. Finally, I find great pleasure in parenting our two kitties alongside my husband.

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