Current team member
I first became excited about immunology during my undergraduate studies at Jacobs University Bremen, where my thesis project focused on the biochemistry of MHC class I proteins.
I then enrolled in the Wellcome Trust Infection, Immunology and Translational Medicine D.Phil. programme here in Oxford. In my first year I had the chance to take part in shorter research projects in three different groups throughout the Medical Sciences Division, and I stayed in the T-cell biology group for 12 weeks.
My project focused on “superagonistic” antibodies against CD28, and I became so fascinated with the story that I decided to stay for another three years to extend it into a D.Phil. thesis project.
I am now investigating the molecular basis for antibody superagonism with a super-resolution microscopy approach together with our collaborators in Cambridge. We are aiming to visualise at the single-molecule level how receptors on the cell surface re-arrange when the cell is stimulated with a superagonist.
Outside of the lab I enjoy riding horses and attending Salsa dancing events throughout Oxford.