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
PhD student at the National Institute for Medical Research
Trying to understand how different cell types are specified in the course of development
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 prize money
We could do a 10 pound microscope – which turns the camera of the smart phone into a microscope
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
good sense of humor, excited about science and life, smart
Were you ever in trouble at school?
never too serious
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
creating exhibitions for museums or writing children’s books
What's your favourite food?
– since early childhood spaghetti
What is the most fun thing you've done?
scuba diving with seals and dolphins.
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
staying healthy and fit
Tell us a joke.