I received my BSc in Nutritional Sciences at the Technical University of Munich, which provides me with a background in cellular biology, metabolism and human physiology. I was always particularly interested in the gastrointestinal tract and its function in health and disease.
After having graduated, I joined Holm Uhlig's group for a few months to undergo a research internship in order to expand on my wet lab skills. Aim of the project was assessing the impact of GP130 (IL6ST) patient variants on the functionality and stability of the protein in a HEK293 cell-based transfection model using phosflow and flow cytometry.
During the internship, I became fascinated by the immunological aspects of the project and decided to study towards an MSc in Integrated Immunology here at the University of Oxford. Classes on the course covered inflammatory and regulatory pathways in basic and clinical Immunology, but also allowed me to further gain knowledge on the gastrointestinal immune system.
I now joined the Uhlig group again as a Research Assistant. In collaboration with the Childhood Acute Illness and Nutrition network I am contributing to examining the role of bacterial translocation in Environmental Enteropathy, a condition characterised by chronic subclinical intestinal inflammation. I am therefor working with HEK-cell based and Limulus Amoebocyte Lysate-based LPS detection assays to measure LPS levels in human plasma.