"I received more than I could ever have expected"

Mariane Sordi from Brazil started her year as an Osteology Research Scholar in June 2021 at the medical university of Vienna (Austria) with Professor Reinhard Gruber.

Continue to read and discover what Mariane Sordi shared about her Osteology Research Scholarship experience.

What do you think went well in terms of project work during this year?

I think the project work generally went really well during this scholarship year. My mentor and I built up a great relationship, which extended to the lab team as well. Proof of this are the publications already released and the others that are yet to come. I managed to finish the initial project on inflammatory pyroptosis and additionally worked on parallel projects that arose through the course of the project. This allowed me to extend my stay and enhanced my professional career significantly. The discoveries are being shared with the community through peer-review article publications and conference presentations. Therefore, I sincerely believe the project work was successful.

What final benefits (professionally and personally) do you take home from the Osteology Scholarship year?

Finishing this scholarship year concluded a cycle that I decided on over a year ago. Professionally, I improved in terms of laboratory techniques/experimentation and writing skills. I also upgraded my CV with publications, conference presentations, and a post as a research fellow at the Medical University of Vienna, Austria. In addition, I benefited from working in a team with people from diverse cultural and professional backgrounds, which gave me different views on the work I was performing. I had the chance to live in a beautiful city and figure out in a new cultural environment, with a new language too. In addition, I had the opportunity to make friends that I could count on. They brought happiness to my days and were one of the main gifts from this Osteology Scholarship year.

How did you perceive the mentorship, research team and working atmosphere?

The mentorship I received was more than I could ever have expected. I felt I established a solid connection with my mentor. In this regard, Professor Reinhard Gruber was truly a mentor, guiding me professionally and personally. He was always positive, inspiring, and supportive. In addition, I could always count on my colleagues to share my experiences and ask for assistance whenever needed.

Thanks to Prof Gruber's influence, the working atmosphere was always nice and friendly. The Oral Biology department was built with a research team that has shared visions for the future and similar ideologies in scientific research to my own. This allowed me to perform high-quality research in a creative environment.

What would you do differently if you could start the Osteology Scholarship programme again?

Within one year, many plans are likely to change. I think I started the programme with an open mind and accepted the challenges as they came – and I truly believe that this is the easiest way to cope with any new situation in life. However, planning the next steps is very important and, as one year goes very fast, the preparations for the future are essential. My plans changed over the course of the Scholarship programme, and this was in part due to the programme itself, which revealed more visions and opportunities for my career. All-in-all, I would not do anything differently if I had my time over.