I was at primary and secondary school in Heidelberg, Germany. I then studied at the University of Heidelberg for a Biology degree to then move to Glasgow, Scotland to do a PhD at the University of Glasgow.
MSc & PhD
I worked as a reseracher at the University of Melbourne, Australia for 6 years after my PhD. Now I work at NUI Galway in Ireland.
Junior group leader and researcher at NUI Galway
I was born in Heidelberg, Germany and lived there until 10 years ago. I then moved to Glasgow, Scotland and a few years later to Melbourne, Australia. I currently live in Galway, Ireland with my wife, my 14 moth old daughter, 2 chickens and 1 super friendly dog. I love to Spaghetti Bolognese with lots of cheese. In my spare time I often act as a referee for Roller Derby – a new female sports that involves quad skate roller skates and lots of shoving and pushing for points. Its fun to referee this sport. I like to read., listen to music and watch TV series in my spare time.
My Typical Day
Arrive, read and answer e-mails, run and analyse various experiments, teach students or junior researchers, have meetings, read and answer more emails, go home, repeat
What I'd do with the prize money
Create an outreach program for local Galway schools to learn about the diversity of very very tiny and small life in the oceans – alga and other single celled organisms
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
curious, inquisitive, inventive
What did you want to be after you left school?
Were you ever in trouble at school?
I never paid attention so I dont know :-)
Who is your favourite singer or band?
Pearl Jam & New Model Army
What's your favourite food?
Any good food of the yummy kind
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Diving at the Great Barrier Reef and in Bali and seeing all these amazing marine creatures – MINDBLOWING!!!
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
More sporty, better organised and less worried.
Tell us a joke.
What is blue and runs across a meadow? – A pack of plums!
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