Lead Scientist Microscopy Unit
Tel. +49 551 201 26115
I received my undergraduate degree in Biotechnology from the University of Applied Sciences in Zittau Germany. After getting a first glimpse of light microscopy during my Bachelor Thesis work on the endocytic system in the lab of Marino Zerial at the MPI-CBG in Dresden Germany, I decided to continue to explore single cell microscopy during my Ph.D.at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver Canada. Here, in the lab of James D. Johnson, I developed microscopy tools and image analysis pipelines that helped us to better understand the molecular mechanisms underlying autocrine insulin signaling in the context of the development of type 2 diabetes. When it came to postdoctoral work, I wanted to transfer from the single cell to the organismal level. It was also important to me that I be able to stay in the field of microscopy tool development that could one day be applied to a biomedical context. This brought me to Jochen Rink’s lab at the MPI-CBG in Dresden Germany, where I focused on developing tools to image planarian flatworm regeneration in real time.
In my current role as a Lead Scientist of the microscopy unit in the department of Tissue Dynamics and Regeneration at the MPI-NAT in Goettingen Germany I use my knowledge of and passion for light microscopy to help people to make the hidden visible and to better understand regeneration and the shaping of tissue. I further explore and develop new methods and strategies to uncover the fascinating secrets of regeneration - one photon at a time.