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Yana Novartis Next-Generation Scientist
Chuck NOVARTIS Next-Generation Scientist
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Arman and Carmela DKFZ Summer Research I


(Novartis / University of Basel)

This unique program chooses around 20 interns from among hundreds of applicants worldwide. The successful applicants are offered a 3-month internship and benefit from a rigorous technical training in an industry setting  as well as professional development / business and leadership training provided by both Novartis and the University of Basel in Switzerland. All costs are shouldered by Novartis.

Marian Abigaile Manongdo (Yana) and Charles Christopher Bataclan (Chuck) are recipients of this prestigious prize internship in 2018 and 2019, respectively. Yana was later offered a PhD Scholarship by ETH Zurich. Chuck was offered a PhD scholarship by EPFL (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne).


The Vienna Biocenter Summer School is a  competitive and highly prestigious internship program wherein only around 30 students are selected from >3000 applicants worldwide. Accommodation, travel and living expenses are provided to successful applicants during the 2-month internship. 

In 2019, Kimberly Quililan was 1 of only 28 selected to participate in the program. She worked as an intern for 2 months at the Institute of Molecular Pathology in Vienna. 


DKFZ (German Cancer Research Center) Summer Internship in Cancer Research

The DKFZ Summer Internship is a 2-month internship in basic or translational cancer research at the German Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg. Around 20 Master's students are selected from across the globe. Students are given the opportunity to work with world-renowned scientists at DKFZ as well as participate in scientific seminars. Students also take part in courses on scientific presentation and communication. Accommodation, travel and living expenses are provided by the DKFZ.

In 2018, Arman Ghodsinia and Carmela Rieline Cruz were both recipients of the prize studentship. 

TIGP International Internship Program

The TIGP (Taiwan Internal Graduate Program) International Internship Program (IIP) is an 8-week research training for international students held at Academia Sinica and its partner universities in Taiwan. The hands-on laboratory training comes with a generous stipend, as well as assistance with accommodation and air travel. 

J-Ann Marie Lego and Joelle Noriko Galang were recipients of the TIGP-IIP prize internships in 2018 and 2019, respectively. More recently, Kim Hao Lin, Jose Paolo Aguilar, and James Allen de Borja were also awarded the TIFP-IIP internships.

Other members of the laboratory also did a 2-month research internship in Academia Sinica as part of their prize as winners of Youth Science Forum (YSF): Arman Ghodsinia in 2017, Jose Gabriel Hilario in 2018, Joshua Miguel Danac and Joseph Neos Cruz in 2019, and John Rafael Ambag and Andrei Phillip David in 2023. 

Internships in Lubeck, Barcelona, and Dresden

Members of the lab are also able to secure prize research internships in other parts of Europe. Jana Quismundo did a 4-month internship at the Institute of Neurogenetics (University of Lubeck) in 2019; Kim Quililan a 7-month internship at the Centre for Genomic Regulation in Barcelona in 2020: Neos Cruz a 10-month internship at the Institute of Neurogenetics (University of Lubeck) from 2020-2021; and J-Ann Marie Lego a 3-month internship at the Technische Universität Dresden in 2021.

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