from 10/2012: pursuing MSc, Heidelberg University
10/2009-07/2012: BSc studies, Heidelberg University
Highest Degree: BSc Biosciences
Title of Bachelor Thesis: Transduction Efficacy Of Recombinant Parvoviruses: Effects Of A Deletion In The Non-Structural (NS) Protein Sequence
12/2011 - 01/2012: recombinant cre recombinase, harvesting, purification, in vitro and in vivo functionality test, Max Planck Insitute for medical research in Heidelberg
2/2012 - present: Animal care taker, veterinary assistant for installation of animal keeping facilities and animal experimentator in the Max Planck Institute for medical research in Heidelberg
I am interested in dangerous viruses, in particular smallpox, ebola and influenza. Their power and cruelty fascinate, and thereby scare me. Since infectious agents, like the above named ones, are more or less under control, due to higher hygiene and prevention standards, or even eradicated in the case of smallpox, the danger of these viruses increases more and more. Influenza tended to threaten the world each 11 years, until the end of the last century. Smallpox are thought to have killer up to 1 billion people, what is 10% of humans, that ever lived on the earth. Those pathogens are not known to the population and are therefore even more threatening. I think it is neccessary to keep on researching these agents, to find ways to fight them in case of an emergency. In this regard, DNA vaccines will have to proof their efficiency, to allow vaccinations against these viruses in regions, where protein-based vaccines are difficult to use, and to allow long term storage at comparatively small cost. The costs are the reasons, why there are only ~200.000 doses of smallpox vaccines left in the WHO, what is nearly nothing in case of an emergency. Viruses have to be better understood, to predict their capacity as biological weapons, what will allow early approaches for treatment and avoidance of large scale emergencies. DNA vaccines might be an approach for such treatments.