Nathalie Loeper

Why this profession?

During my undergraduate education at the University of Greifswald, I focused mainly on the subjects of pharmacology and physiology. To combine that with a more practical approach to research, I decided to acquire my Master’s degree in Jena in the field of nutritional medicine. I started evolving a new method for the evaluation of the influence of substances on the transformation of cells. I applied for the PhD position in Jan Rupp’s research group to broaden my mind and extend my knowledge in immunology and microbiology. On the one hand, it is interesting to apply an in vivo model to detect infections in the urogenital-tract in mice and, on the other hand, it is a real challenge for me to work with bioinformatics in sight of the microbiome, but a useful science for future concerns. In this new project, I hope to integrate the knowledge I have acquired to date.

Why RTG Genes, Environment and Inflammation?

The combination of high-quality research, attending soft-skill courses and the overall sponsorship provided by the Research Training Group “Genes, Environment and Inflammation” appealed to me as the ideal set of requirements for applying as a PhD student. I like the idea of translational research projects and additional cooperation with physicians to contribute to results that will have clinical relevance. Furthermore, the cooperation between the new PhDs sounds like the beginning of a networking community which will surely be helpful for every participant, because our research topics are all related.