From an early age, I was fascinated by how different chemicals or external stimuli from our environment and their perception can affect the complexity of cells. From signaling cascades and gene expression to cell proliferation and cell-cell interactions, my spectrum of interests is wide. It is important to better understand the effects and changes in cells to get a clear insight into the processes of our world. Whether it is decision-making in the brain, evolution of organisms or the healing of diseases, there is still so much we do not understand.
In my bachelor thesis, I am investigating the effect of different stimuli on the expression of the immediate-early gene c-fos in the zebrafish brain. c-fos can be used as a marker of neuronal activity and is also involved in cell proliferation and differentiation.
Outside the lab I like to do sports, meet with friends or try to cook some fancy recipes from the internet.