Nóra Lehotai had a chat with Milica, who is a postdoctoral fellow in the Sixt group. She is another true cosmopolitan scientist with Serbian-British dual nationality, who then studied in France and did a postdoc fellowship in New York, before arriving at Umeå in March 2021.
Text: Nóra Lehotai
Milica Milivojevic enjoys the winter in Norther Sweden.
I was attracted to the project in Barbara’s group here at MIMS since it seemed like the perfect way to combine elements of both my PhD and postdoc with my interest for host-pathogen interactions.
Tell us about your role at MIMS, what are you working on now?
"As a postdoc in Barbara’s lab, I will be working on Chlamydia trachomatis infection. C. trachomatis is an obligate intracellular pathogen that resides and replicates in a bacteria-containing vacuole called the inclusion. My project will be focused on studying the host-pathogen interaction at the inclusion membrane using proteomics and lipidomic approaches, in order to better understand this intriguing niche."
What were you doing before you joined MIMS and what attracted you to start a position here?
"I have a background in cell and molecular biology with a particular interest in immunity and infection biology. My PhD project was focused on dissecting the signaling pathways that control the inflammatory response in epithelial cells during Shigella flexneri infection. After this I went on to do a postdoc at Columbia University, where I gained some experience in multi-omics approaches as well as data analysis."
"I was attracted to the project in Barbara’s group here at MIMS since it seemed like the perfect way to combine elements of both my PhD and postdoc with my interest for host-pathogen interactions. In addition, I was excited to move to another country and out of my geographical comfort zone."
If you would not have your current profession, what do you think you would be doing?
"It’s hard to say since I have always really enjoyed doing research in an academic setting. If I hadn’t gone down this route, I’d like to think that I’d still be in a science-related field, perhaps involved in some sort of science-outreach."
What do you do in your free time and how do you enjoying in living in Umeå in Northern Sweden?
"Having spent most of my life in big cities, I am really enjoying being so close to nature here in Umeå. Trees, fresh air, stars…it makes a nice (and welcomed) change! I enjoy the long summer nights and I also try to make the most of the winter activities that Umeå has to offer."
Tell us some interesting fact about yourself that we might not know!
"I can speak English, Serbian and French (almost) fluently. Hopefully one day I’ll be able to add Swedish to the list!"