I have to admit that this experience, at one of the top Biomedical Institutes in the word, surpassed my expectations. I was received warmly by the group and the very first day of my arrival I was given my own office and lab space. The lab manager was quick to take me around so that I could meet people from the whole Institute and finally the lab members, who were more than friendly and helpful throughout my stay. Dr. Weinberg, the head of the group, was very cordial and the first thing he asked me was what I was hoping to achieve during my stay and he made everything possible to make it happen. He opened his lab to me, he introduced me to people and he was always available for discussions.
During my stay at the Weinberg lab, I had the opportunity to work closely with some of the members of the lab, I learned new techniques and produced some meaningful data. I took full advantage of the MIT-Harvard community by attending many talks and seminars in my field. I had the chance to give a seminar about my work in Greece, where I also highlighted the Fulbright Foundation's role in educational exchanges between USA and other countries.
Needless to say that, by the end of my 6-month stay there, I felt like I was a regular member of the lab. I was very pleased to hear Dr. Weinberg asking me to come back any time I wished and having a post-doctoral fellow in the lab urging me to send my students for educational visits. I felt that I had accomplished my mission and that there would be a continuation in the path I had paved.
Since my return, I have been informing my colleagues and students about the research I did and I have given them my perspective on the new developments in the biomedical field, as I witnessed them taking place at the MIT community. I believe this has been very useful for everyone and it may have motivated some people to seek the opportunity to go on similar educational visits to the USA themselves.
I hope the Fulbright Foundation will continue sponsoring this kind of activities that create lasting bonds between US and international scientists/scholars from all over the world.