Welcome to my webpage!
Microbes are everywhere, occupying many places on Earth, especially in extreme environments. I am particularly interested in microbial ecology and how communities change depending on the environment.
If you would like to know more please check out my Research Interests page.
Here is our latest paper: Read more here
As a kid I never knew that I would be a scientist one day. I was born in Gera, in the former East Germany, and I had a pretty normal life as a child. Regarding my future, I could feel that I wanted to do something special someday, but at that time I didn’t know what it was.
When I was 11 years old, the world around me changed very rapidly. The relationship between former West- and East – Germany was about to turn very quickly. The reunification of Germany opened possibilities and opportunities for me I might not have had under former circumstances, and in retrospect it changed a lot for me to in the years to come.
During my late high school years I developed an interest in biology. My biology teacher urged me to study biology at the university after I finished high school. In my first year of biology at the Philipps University of Marburg I became interested in astrobiology as a combination of life and space. My interest for astrobiology began during my undergraduate studies when I attended several meetings and conferences to learn more about the science and research of astrobiology.
After I finished my Diplom (Masters), I was searching for a position that would enable me to play an active role in astrobiology research. I was hired as a technician by Andrew Steele from the Carnegie Institution in Washington DC, where I worked as part of an interdisciplinary group with microbiologists, geologists and geochemists. During that time I also enrolled as a graduate student at the University of Maryland.
The Carnegie Institution afforded me the opportunity to join the AMASE (Arctic Mars Analog Svalbard Expedition) group and to obtain field experience in the extreme environment of Svalbard, Norway. I was part of AMASE for 7 years, taking on a logistical role, on-site bio-molecular support during the expedition and, most importantly, my Ph.D. project itself. During my time at the AMASE expedition, I developed an interest in how microbial communities change along environmental gradients, and how the environment influences microbial community makeup.
I might not have really understood as a kid what science means to me, but I do now.
Paper on Microbial Ecology….Read more here
-since 2019 Research / Teaching assistant Hochschule Kaiserslauter in Zweibrücken, Germany
– 2014 – 2016 Visiting Investigator, Carnegie Institution of Washington, Geophysical Laboratory, USA
– 2012 – 2014 Post-doctoral Research Associate, Carnegie Institution of Washington, Geophysical Laboratory, USA
– 2005 – 2012 Pre-doctoral Research Associate, Carnegie Institution of Washington, Geophysical Laboratory, USA (advisor: Dr. Andrew Steele)
– 2006 – 2012 PhD Graduate student in the Marine-Estuarine-Environmental Sciences (MEES) Graduate program, University of Maryland, USA (advisor: Dr. Frank Robb)
– 2004 Diplom (Masters) in Biology, Philipps University of Marburg, Germany
– 2001 Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) Internship, Houston, USA
– 2000 Internship at the German Aerospace Center (DLR), Koeln, Germany
– 2000 Vordiplom (intermediate Diplom) in Biology, Philipps University of Marburg, Germany
– 1997 high school diploma, Germany
ResearchGate Link: HERE