Michael Sars-senteret

Intern Özge Gökdağ from Turkey, talks about her time at the Michael Sars Centre.

"What interns enjoy about their internship is that the tasks and projects they carry out are very different compared to what they are used to. Biology students are used to working in analysis labs, so doing basic science is very interesting to them," said Group Leader Marios Chatzigeorgiou.


The work environment is friendly and energetic, including excited scientists with an ambition to transfer their knowledge to the students. Combined with the fascinating nature of Norway, being here for the whole summer is even more exciting.

I am a student with an ambition to work in several areas, but especially in regeneration, evolution, and developmental cell systems biology. I wanted to gain more experience in this research field, specifically in marine biology, so that's why I applied to the Michael Sars Centre. It is a very unique place to begin developing your career while discovering important research questions about marine organisms.  

Developmental biology is very interesting and quite exciting because it explores how a diverse range of interacting processes generate an organism's heterogeneous shapes, size, and structural features which arise on the trajectory from embryo to adult, or more generally throughout a life cycle. I am working with Ciona intestinalis, which is an ascidian marine animal. My project here is to compare and optimize the targeting of embryos using CRISPR technique and compare the phenotype/toxicity of the embryos. To explore exciting questions, starting with the simplest and easiest way is the best thing that is provided by marine biology.


Summer interns group photo from the Sars Centre.
Melanie Burford