I am excited to be postdoctoral researcher in the Worm Lab. I have a diverse background, having explored the fields of molecular ecology and evolution, transcriptomics and protein biochemistry.
I pursued both my bachelor's and master's in biology at the University of Cologne. In the working group of Prof. Dr. Hartmut Arndt and under the supervision of Dr. Frank Nitsche, I studied the impact of predators on cell differentiation in choanoflagellates – the single-celled relatives of animals, and later the molecular basics of the capacity of some choanoflagellate species to adapt to both marine and freshwater conditions.
For my PhD, I joined Dr. Pawel Burkhardt in his lab in the Marine Biological Association in Plymouth, UK, and later moved with him to the Sars Centre for Marine Molecular Biology in Bergen, Norway. There, I continued working on choanoflagellates and mainly focussed on the characterisation of protein complexes that were prerequisites for the evolution of synapses in animals.
Now, I am eager to broaden my knowledge about evolutionary and developmental Biology, by moving to nematodes, allowing me to explore an exciting question in an animal context: Why does a group as diverse as nematodes have such a conserved Bauplan? Having a passion for ecology, one of my favourite aspects of the project is that we explore the molecular diversity of nematodes. We will sequence the genomes of a variety of nematodes and perform single-cell transcriptomics to compare the gene expression at key developmental stages in different species to then finally investigate their function.
I am happy joining the team, bringing my lab expertise and hoping to learn a lot about bioinformatics. Apart from science, I love hiking and exploring new places. I am training Tae Kwon Do and enjoy reading.