During summer 2018 School of Science and Technology biology students with the support of Prof. Tokay were granted to do an internship at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. 


Aims of the internship were to:

  • Get acquainted with foreign campus culture, scientific research, and hospital services.
  • Provide an opportunity for NU biological sciences department students to spend a summer interning at Shanghai Tong Ren Hospital in pathology and laboratory departments, and at Hongqiao International Research Institute of Medicine in an environment devoted exclusively to biomedical research side-by-side with some of the leading scientists in the Shanghai Jiao Tong University.
  • Visit hospitals and research institutions, carry out laboratory research, and experience Chinese culture.

Students spent most of the time in Shanghai Center for Biosystems Medicine (SCBM) and Shanghai Tongren Hospital Research Institute where students had a chance to see the laboratories in China and learnt to work with liver cancer cells and astrocytes, and how different novel drugs affect these cells. One of the most important and interesting things was that students learnt the world’s leading techniques which are Polymerase Chain Reaction and Western Blot. 

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Other part of the students studied some tissue samples from an actual patient to be diagnosed under the microscope in Shanghai Tong Ren Hospital (STRH). In addition, a lot of medical knowledge, especially about cancer types and diagnosis, as well as clinical testing for various diseases methods were acquired.

Furthermore, students had a chance to assist doctors in a real-life surgery experience. For some students it was their first ever experience to witness a surgery from a medical professional perspective. 

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*Information is taken from the report of student Daulet Aitymbayev