I obtained both my BSc. and MSc. degree at the Humboldt University Berlin (Germany) and graduated from there in April 2018. During my MSc. studies, I took a research internship at the University of Canterbury (New Zealand) and went to Bergen (Norway) as an ERASMUS student for my final MSc. project in the Petri Kursula lab. Following the graduation from Humboldt University Berlin, I returned to Bergen to work as a research engineer in the Thomas Arnesen lab for 1.5 years. Since September 2019, I am a PhD candidate in a joint project between the Arnesen lab, the Kursula lab, and the Njølstad lab.
My PhD project is centered around the transcription factor HNF-1A, which plays essential roles for insulin production and release upon blood glucose increase. Misfunction of HNF-1A, caused by mutations in the gene encoding for HNF-1A, is associated with a monogenic form of diabetes.
The goal of my PhD project is to study the molecular mechanisms of HNF-1A in health and diabetes.
My scientific interest and expertise from several research projects lie in the field of biophysics and structural biology. I also gained experience in enzyme biochemistry, molecular biology, and the use of proteomic approaches.