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.