I studied Molecular Life Sciences and Molecular Medicine at Maastricht University, Netherlands, and Charite Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany.
After a pit-stop as a trainee in science publishing at Springer Nature in Heidelberg, I did my PhD with Prof. Petra Arck at the Universitätsklinikum Hamburg-Eppendorf in the field of reproductive immunology and as part of the “Feto-Maternal Immune Cross-Talk” network.
We characterized maternal cells that migrate into the fetus during pregnancy and persist in the offspring long after birth (maternal microchimerism) in mouse models, using multi-parameter flow cytometry, placental histomorphometry and -immunochemistry, and neonatal disease models.
As a postdoctoral fellow in Prof. Sing Sing Way’s lab at Cincinnati Children’s, we used mouse pregnancies to track mother’s immune response towards the offspring using model proteins as surrogate fetal antigen and vice versa.
Working with Prof. Brice Gaudilliere introduces me to translational human immunology in the setting of normal and complicated progression of pregnancy. Applying high-dimensional Cytometry by Time-of-Flight (CyToF) technology allows to interrogate pregnancy as a complex immunological ‘condition’.
Interests: I’m excited about participating in new approaches to old problems in human reproduction. They hold huge promise to lead to novel diagnostic and preventive measures for pregnancy complications – to not only care for mother’s health but also surveille the start of a new life.
Hobbies: I enjoy playing the clarinet in the symphony orchestra and singing in smaller chorales and larger choirs. Being outdoors in the sun, wind, and rain helps to stay aware of how cool the planet is that we are living on.