In December 2013, Patrick Thiaville presented at the 23rd Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB) Barcelona BioMed Conference, “Gene Translation: Fidelity and Quality Control.” Patrick presented his selected abstract, “Cellular Responses to t6A Deficiency in Saccharomyces cerevisiae” to 150 experts on protein synthesis and associated diseases in attendance. The Barcelona BioMed Conferences provide a platform for top international researchers and selected participants to present and discuss breakthroughs in biomedical sciences.
In addition to his participation in the conference, Patrick was awarded a Chateaubriand Fellowship from the French Embassy’s Office for Science and Technology to study in France and seek a dual-doctorate. Aiming to initiate or reinforce international collaborations, the Chateaubriand Fellowship selects candidates through a merit-based competition. During his nine months in France, Patrick extended his dissertation research on tRNA modification with a new, high-throughput sequencing application. He will be graduating with a doctorate from the University of Florida and the University of Paris-Sude in summer 2014.