Young Scientists of the University of Ljubljana Receive the Jožef Stefan Gold Medals

Three young researchers, PhDs of the University of Ljubljana—Zala Lenarčič, Tina Lebar and Boris Brus—were awarded the Jožef Stefan gold medals for achievements in the field of natural sciences.

Boris Brus was awarded a gold medal for his resonant PhD thesis on “Structured Planning and Evaluation of Compounds with Potential Immunomodulatory and Neuroprotective Action.” In his PhD thesis, Boris Brus, by exploring three therapeutically important objects, wanted to discover new potential biologically active substances that would help alleviate the course of immune and nervous system diseases, and perhaps completely cure them.

Tina Lebar was awarded a gold medal for the scientific novelty of her PhD thesis on “Planning of Gene Regulatory Networks Based on DNA-binding Proteins.” She changed the mechanism of large immune cells activity, gaining the ability to control their work by means of various signals. By adding to them a certain chemical substance, a compound, an antibiotic, one can observe changes in the activity of cells. This scientific work is of particular interest for therapy and treatment of diseases.

Zala Lenarčič received a gold medal for her resonant PhD thesis on “Non-equilibrium Properties of Mott insulators.” The PhD research by Zala Lenarčič is from the field of theoretical physics of a solid body. She investigated the effect of external stimuli on the substance response that belong to quantum integrable systems. Her theoretical study of the substance response to external stimuli gives an idea of ​​the interaction between the building blocks of molecules.

This year, during the award ceremony, a lecture by the famous robotics professor of Stanford University, Oussame Khatib, has ben held for the first time. He presented the development of the humanoid robot Ocean One, with the help of which a new technology of intuitive tactile interaction was applied in the oceanic environment.