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Pouli named to international meeting for young scientists

Thursday, March 8, 2018
Ph.D. candidate Dimitra Pouli was selected to participate in the 68th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting for Young Scientists.
Ph.D. candidate Dimitra Pouli poses with a photo of her research.
Dimitra Pouli poses with her winning submission to the 2017 Tufts Graduate Student Photo Contest. (credit: Jake Belcher/Tufts University)

Dimitra Pouli, Ph.D. candidate in biomedical engineering, was selected to participate in the 68th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting for Young Scientists. The annual meeting brings together outstanding students, doctoral candidates, and postdocs under the age of 35, to meet with Nobel Laureates in Lindau, Germany.

More than 130 academic partners worldwide nominated the candidates for participation, and a small percentage of independent applications from scientists representing non-affiliated institutions were also deemed significant enough to warrant consideration. The Nobel Laureates will answer participants' questions, and attendees will present their research in poster flashes and master classes. Key topics for this year's session include the role of science in a "post-factual era," gene therapy, and scientific publishing practices.

Pouli is a physician as well as a doctoral candidate studying optical diagnostics at Tufts. She researches in Professor Irene Georgakoudi's Optical Diagnostics for Diseased and Engineered Tissues Lab, which employs specialized laser technologies and innovative microscopy techniques to investigate cellular features and tissue function directly inside the body noninvasively; essentially performing a biopsy without a knife. Ultimately, the research aims to provide real-time tissue diagnostics, thus improving the chances that affected individuals can begin receiving the treatment they need as soon as possible.