Cornell Summer Research and Leadership Program
Background: Growing up on a farm in Sauerland, a region in North Rhine-Westphalia (Germany), it has already very early been my wish to become a veterinarian. It was my goal to run a practice for farm animals after graduating from veterinary school. Several internships helped me to get clinical experience and insights in the daily work of a field-veterinarian. During my studies at the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover however, I became increasingly interested in scientific research by concerning with pre- and paraclinical subjects such as biochemistry, microbiology, immunology and virology. Thus I chose elective courses on Emerging Viruses and interned in the Department of Stem Cell Biology at the University of Göttingen to gain experience in laboratory work.
Interests: In my free time I am a member of different orchestras playing the clarinet and the saxophone. I also love reading books and meeting friends.
Career Goal: This autumn I will spend the half of my elective rotation period at the Institute of Molecular Biology at the Friedrich-Loeffler-Institute, which is the federal research institute for animal health in Germany. After graduating, which will be in 2010, I am going to apply for a PhD-program at our Vet-School (Infectious Diseases or Neurosciences). Afterwards, it is my goal to work either at a research institute for animal health or at a university in order to combine research and teaching.