After attaining my MBBS and intercalated BSc (Hons) from King’s College School of Medicine and Dentistry, London, I worked as a physician in the UK before moving to Germany. In 2006, I joined infill as a medical writer, and became a partner in the firm in 2009.
Combined with my experience in a wide range of disease areas, my insights into the needs of healthcare professionals and patients coupled with a burning passion for medical education, inspire me to work enthusiastically on the development of healthcare communication and training programmes. My principal goal is to optimise medical practice by increasing knowledge, confidence and competence in both doctors and patients, with the ultimate aim of improving patient outcomes.
Interaction and collaboration with leading international medical experts in order to develop clinically relevant educational resources for a variety of multimedia channels as well as face-to-face events, meetings and presentations.
As a senior medical writer, my job involves preparing, writing and editing communication and education materials in a variety of indications, with a focus on COPD and interstitial lung diseases (ILDs), especially IPF. Be it training materials for the field force, continuing medical education modules for healthcare professionals, booth support and summary of congress findings at scientific conferences or developing materials for patient education and support, I have been able to create attractive, user-friendly concepts with a strong digital focus. Some of them have been as innovative as eBooks, apps or tablet-based networking platforms for patient-case studies.
For university studies, I attended College of the Atlantic, which, like many other North American colleges with liberal arts programmes, allowed me to dabble in different subjects I was interested in – despite my continuous interest in natural sciences. During this time, I took courses in literature, jazz, gender studies, and philosophy, but my passion for sciences led me to pursue a doctorate. And I ended up completing my PhD in molecular and cellular microbiology at the Max Planck Institute in Marburg. Basic research is still genuinely the type of research I find most interesting. But I wanted to apply my expertise in translational biomedicine. My post-doctoral work at the European Institute of Oncology yielded a completely new perspective – my results were directly applicable in the clinic.
At this point I was ready for a different social activity, and I looked for ways of further developing ideas and conversations into something. I was ready to fuse my scientific knowledge, with my interest in education and communication to a wider audience. Providentially enough, infill offered exactly this – it’s an intersection of different kinds of career paths and I love it. I enjoy every interaction and collaboration with medical experts. And processing all the scientific and medical information to enhance patients’ daily lives comes with ease and pleasure.
For as long as I can remember, I wanted to be a teacher. As a child, I loved school and learning and wanted to work in that sort of environment when I grew up. Along the way I also developed a passion for the natural sciences. Ultimately, I decided not to pursue a teaching certificate but did continue on the natural science path with both my under-graduate and graduate degrees. I sort of fell into medical writing about 10 years ago –not really knowing that medical writing was a thing before then. I truly enjoy my job as a medical writer because it allows me to teach natural science concepts through a multitude of means and media. It’s really exciting to take scientific material and present it in a way that is easy to understand and intuitive to use for both patients and medical professionals alike.
The impact of medicine on human health is a fascinating area and a field with a constantly growing complexity. Modern basic and clinical research translate into earlier diagnoses and new, more individualised and better therapies with increasing speed. This medical progress is paralleled by the great new options of digital communication, which offer innovative ways for healthcare communication to healthcare professionals and patients.
With a special expertise in cellular biology and molecular genetics, I am able to follow processes of disease pathology and to evaluate methods of clinical and pharmacological interventions. As a medical writer, I have worked in various therapeutic areas such as cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease, metabolic disease and oncology.
I have almost 10 years of experience in medical writing and editing. Since joining infill in 2008, I have developed various educational materials for physicians, healthcare professionals and patients. In addition, I am co-author of several print- and eBooks, e.g. for the management of atrial fibrillation or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or training tools for hypertension, diabetes, immunology and oncology.
I have a PhD in human molecular genetics and a certified Diploma in cell biology from the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelm-University in Bonn (Germany). In addition, I completed a certified 6-month training as a scientific journalist. During my PhD thesis, I collaborated and worked at a bio-pharmaceutical company (Millennium Pharmaceuticals) in Boston, USA.
My lifelong passion for biomedical science coupled with my excellent communication skills led me to discover my ideal career as a medical writer.
My background in medical biochemistry gave me a deep understanding of the causes and effects of diseases, and the means by which novel treatments are developed. During my undergraduate degree, I explored the fundamentals of cell biology, and gained an in-depth understanding of subcellular processes and interactions. I also developed project management skills, and learned how to design experiments and plan work programmes.
My oncology masters from Barts Cancer Institute (London) further developed these skills, with a focus on cancer biology and cancer therapeutics. I gained a deep appreciation of the drug development process, and of molecular targets and targeted therapies.
My years as an R&D scientist for a UK biopharmaceutical company (developing polyclonal therapeutic antibodies to various toxins) allowed me to put all this theory into practice. I learnt how to handle and utilize cell cultures, and perform numerous key assays underling in vitro trials.
Once promoted to laboratory manager, I quickly became adept at managing a team within this setting, and honed my organizational and project management skills. I realized that my true passion was literature research and medical writing, and began to develop my career as a freelance medical writer.
Over the past two years in this role, I have covered a wide range of disease and therapy areas, and love the diversity and challenge of my work. I bring enthusiasm and professionalism to every project, always striving for excellence.