Aleksander is a laureate in the 5th edition of the ADAMED SmartUP program. He is currently studying medical science at Oxford University. He became passionate about science, particularly medicine, when he was ajunior in high school when, while preparing for a biology competition, he discovered the fascinating field of molecular genetics. Participation in the science camp inspired him to choose the path of a physician-scientist.
His research interests are at the interface of metabolism, endocrinology, cardiology, and immunology. He is also interested in clinical issues related to lifestyle medicine and nutrition. By his own admission, Aleksander found the lessons on metabolism at school quite tedious. However, during his first year at the university, the lecturers sparked his fascination with the topic. – I found that I could apply what I learned in class in real life, on a daily basis, so I felt encouraged to learn more about the importance of nutrition for public health at the population level – he reminisces. As a member of the student-led intercollegiate organization Nutritank, he is advocating for a change in curriculum in medical education to place a greater emphasis on nutrition and lifestyle.
In late 2020, Aleksander took part in one of UK’s first pilot studies of mass population testing for COVID-19, launched by Oxford University. The study results provided a foundation for rolling out a free national COVID-19 rapid antigen testing program in 2021.
This year, Aleksander expects to obtain his bachelor’s degree in medicine and complete the science-oriented stage of his education. – Next year, I’m starting the clinical part of my training. I’ll learn the ins and outs of the medical profession. I’m planning to get involved in clinical research in metabolic medicine, as I already have some experience in preclinical research. I want to approach the topic from both perspectives and devote my efforts to what I find most important and interesting – he clarifies.