I pursued a BSc at Technical University Darmstadt in Germany before leaving for the US to complete my MSc in Biotechnology at Harvard University. At the University of Oxford I was awarded with the Kennedy Prize Studentship to pursue a DPhil in Molecular and Cellular Medicine, particularly focusing on genome engneering and miRNAs.
My DPhil project aims to better understand microRNA function in chondrocytes, the exclusive cell type in cartilage - a tissue responsible for the weight bearing and near friction-free movement in the joints. To better understand these processes my work focuses on investigating the role of microRNAs since recent studies have shown that specific microRNAs can control matrix turnover in articular cartilage.
The aim of my work, therefore, involves identifying functionally important and active microRNA target sites in human chondrocytes using CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing.
Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) Scholarship
Kennedy Prize Studentship
NDORMS, University of Oxford