- Title Senior Scientist, Abcam
Originally from Germany, I came to Boston to study the neurological disease Neurofibromatosis type 2 with Dr. MacCollin at Massachusetts General Hospital. Having left Germany with a master’s in biology from the University of Hamburg, I found a perfect match in Boston University to obtain my PhD, which I received in October 2008.
During my time at BU I worked in Dr. Deshler’s Lab on the mechanism of RNA localization. This area of research fascinated me since it underscored the important role RNA plays in many biological processes. I investigated how mRNA molecules find their way to distinct areas in the cytoplasm of a cell. Specifically, I was studying the involvement of molecular motor proteins in the transport of mRNAs to the vegetal pole of frog eggs. Dr. Deshler is a highly motivated mentor whose enthusiasm for science provides a continuous source of energy for all lab members. I especially enjoyed the endless discussions over newly obtained data and other recent findings in the field. The support and guidance I received from Dr. Deshler and many other professors at BU helped me to perform my research in the most efficient way and to learn as much as possible during my time as a graduate student. For my research achievements I received the College of Arts & Sciences Dean’s Award (2008).
During my doctoral work, Boston University also proved to be an invaluable source of support. I received funding through the George R. Bernard Jr. Travel Grant Award to attend scientific meetings. This often resulted in new collaborations and provided me with important information, which helped me to orient my research. I also gained tremendous experience learning how to pass on my scientific knowledge to upcoming generations of young students through my work as a teaching fellow and as a mentor of high school students during the summer semesters here at BU. I am hoping to become a professor of biology myself and these experiences will, without a doubt, greatly help me to obtain my career goal.
I recently started a post-doctoral position with Dr. Whelan at Harvard Medical School, where I am studying the biology of the non-segmented negative-sense (NNS) RNA viruses. These viruses include significant human pathogens, such as rabies, Nipah, measles, respiratory syncytial, Ebola, and Marburg viruses.