Johanna Fischer



I grew up in Vienna, Austria where I attended school and there I did study Biology and subsequently specialized in developmental Genetics. Afterwards I moved to London and spend a few years working in a lab which focussed on liver development in zebrafish until I started my PhD working on genetic regulation


Master of Science

Work History:

Current Job:

PhD student at the National Institute for Medical Research


Me and my work

Trying to understand how different cell types are specified in the course of development

My Typical Day

At 9 clock the light in the fishroom gets on, and then around 9:30 the fish will start to lay eggs. Depending on what I need to do with them I need to collect the eggs, find out what stage they are and put them in the incubator. Then I should do more experiments, for example trying to amplify DNA from chromosomal zebrafish DNA.

In the afternoon there are usually either our lab meeting, where we speak about our findings or problems from last week, or there are talks from other scientist, where they present there work. In the evening I have to put fishes into mating boxes to prepare them for the next day.

What I'd do with the money

We could do a 10 pound microscope – which turns the camera of the smart phone into a microscope

My Interview

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

good sense of humor, excited about science and life, smart

Who is your favourite singer or band?

What's your favourite food?

– since early childhood spaghetti

What is the most fun thing you've done?

scuba diving with seals and dolphins.

What did you want to be after you left school?


Were you ever in trouble in at school?

never too serious

What was your favourite subject at school?

Biology and Latin

What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?

What or who inspired you to become a scientist?

If you weren't a scientist, what would you be?

creating exhibitions for museums or writing children’s books

If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!

staying healthy and fit

Tell us a joke.


Other stuff

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