Sprouted in an alpine region in Austria. Nature was more than a friend. Attracted by the light of science, I winded towards Munich for my bachelor’s. There, I found a good substrate, in interesting courses with passionate people. Keywords of topics that kept my brain thinking during that time: pollination of ecologically specialized alpine flowers, recombinant proteins and auxin mediated pathway in Arabidopsis, genomics of the SI system of Solanum chilense, geometrid moths of Ethiopia – all very fascinating. While branching out in the masters of MEME (evolutionary biology) over Europe, I found roots in office environments and learned to enjoy the fruits of the beauty of code and proofs.
In my current office environment in Uppsala, I am taking a virtual ocean’s expedition, looking out for the plant’s power plant’s (a.k.a plastid) genomes in metagenomic datasets.
As plastids are the heroes behind many climate action plans (e.g. reforestation), I feel honoured to work with such brilliant people and try to support them and our biodiversity with a respectful lifestyle and pointing out the importance of our nature. Apart from plastids and Mama Huber, a big hero is Jack Johnson who made the music that accompanied many reports, field trips and codes, and still does. Cooperation rules (open source)!