Magdalena Westermann

Consolidated Researcher Details:

Institute of Clinical Molecular Biology, University of Kiel
Magdalena Westermann
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Why this profession?

Already during my school years, I developed an interest in natural sciences, especially biology. This interest became my passion during my biology studies, which became stronger with each course I took. Especially the interaction of different organisms like the interaction of the microbiome with the host caught my attention which is why I applied for this PhD position. During my studies I acquired microbiological techniques which I can now apply in the context of clinical molecular biology but also had an insight in many more fields ranging from plants to toxicology to working in the environmental research. Within this PhD position, I aim to expand my knowledge in clinical research and Host-Microbe interactions and to become part of a research team aiming for progress in human medical research.

Why RTG Genes, Environment and Inflammation?

This position as a doctoral researcher gives me the opportunity to get closer to high-level research and to be part of a team consisting of scientists from many different fields (e.g., medicine, biology, biochemistry, bioinformatic) bringing their very special expertise to work on the projects. The Research Training Group “Genes, Environment and Inflammation” offers opportunities to work with high-level scientists and technologies. In addition, RTG gives a range of soft skill courses that support and encourage continuing education and learning of new techniques.