I finished my Diplom in Biology (M.Sc. in biology equivalent) in 2009 at the University of Cologne, Germany. I have been focused on marine/aquatic ecology, genetics and biochemistry. Within the scope of my diploma (master) thesis entitled “Growth and photophysiological response of benthic symbiotic foraminifera along a nutrient gradient on the Great Barrier Reef”, which I conducted at the Australian Institute of Marine Science in Townsville, Australia, I investigated the influence of enhanced nutrient levels and elevated temperatures on the growth rates and the photophysiological response of two abundant taxa of larger benthic foraminifera.
In 2011 I conducted a short research project under the supervision of Rui Faria studying the role of genetic information, in habitat choice in three different ecotypes of Littorina fabalis (a marine intertidal gastropod), within the framework of a recent project entitled “The paths of parallel evolution and their genetic crossroads”.
Currently I’m working as a research assistant at the Institute of Biochemistry, University of Cologne, in the working group of Prof. Dr. U. Baumann, which is studying structural biology, X-ray crystallography, enzyme mechanism and structure-function relationships in proteolytic enzymes.