2014 BBS Leadership Group Shot  

The Leadership Program

Luise Steltzer

Luise SteltzerFreie Universit├Ąt Berlin


I was born in 1984 in Berlin as the daughter of two medics. Early in my life I showed a strong interest in nature. As the years went by, my fascination for biomedical science grew even stronger. I wanted to become a scientist long before I started studying veterinary medicine in 2005. During my education at university I broadened my knowledge of biomedical science assiduously. Whenever it was possible to choose a subject, I seized the chance to learn more through research. Different subjects have been able to arouse my interest, but none as much as immunology. In 2008, I had the good fortune to participate in the “Fundamentals of Veterinary Science Summer School” in Cambridge (UK) funded by Wellcome Trust. In Dr. Suzanne Turner´s workgroup at Addenbrooke´s Hospital, I investigated the genesis of Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphomas in humans.


In my free time I am passionate about doing Shaolin Kung Fu, Tai Chi, Chinese Yoga and ballroom dancing. As compensation for my mental work I enjoy being creative. I paint, make pottery or create mosaics, particularly following my exams. If time permits, I enjoy playing the violin or go horseback riding. In addition, I teach children in vaulting.

Career Goals:

When I think about my future I like the idea of an academic career best. I am looking forward to the variety of duties and responsibilities implicated by a job at the university. I enjoy the prospect of researching, teaching, and life-long learning. My ultimate ambition is to become a professor and to pass on to students my enthusiasm for specific topics. My dream is to do basic immunological research that one day will help to understand the reasons for autoimmune diseases better and to find new ways for their treatment.