Cool Change for Nubia; Student off to Swedish Institute

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Byline: damian bathersby

THE Karolinska Institute in Sweden is a long, long way from the Sunshine Coast.

It is also one of the top research institutions in the world which is why University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) research student Nubia Ramos will call it home for the next six months.

The PhD candidate is researching the genetic makeup of E coli bacteria and has been invited to continue her research at the prestigious institute.

She will specifically look into the effect of oestrogen on E coli and the impacts on urinary tract infections.

The subject would leave the average person's head spinning but it is a passion for the 24-year-old, who arrived in Australia with her family from El Salvador in 1992 and attended Nambour Primary and Nambour High schools.

She said she always seemed destined to study some form of medicine "even back when we played doctors and nurses as kids".

"I think that was when I first got interested in health," she said as she prepared to fly out of the country on Wednesday. …