Originally, I completed an apprenticeship as a polymechanic, and shortly after that, I embarked on my academic career with a degree in chemistry at the University of Applied Sciences. I discovered my passion for biochemistry, which I pursued diligently.
During my previous studies, my primary research focused on proteins of bacteriophages, which are essential for their infectivity. I had the opportunity to familiarize myself with various bioanalytical techniques such as LC-MS, chromatographic methods, SPR spectroscopy, and more.
Now, I am motivated to pursue my PhD at the University of Bern in the field of cardiac ion channels. The primary emphasis will be on the sodium channel Nav1.5 and the TRP channel TRPM4, as mutated forms of these channels are responsible for cardiac conduction disorders. For example, I will investigate Nav1.5-Nav1.5 and Nav1.5-TRPM4 interactions and study the dominant negative effect (DNE), where a mutant of an ion channel negatively influences its wild-type counterpart. I will employ classical biochemical and imaging methods, with Cryo-EM being particularly important.
I enjoy being outdoors, engaging in sports, swimming, or hiking in my leisure time. However, I also appreciate a cosy game night with friends, watching a movie, or reading.
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