I believe that the insights of current biology research will lead to a significant change in the way how we will treat disease, grow our crops and build our homes. Biotechnology will have a much bigger impact on our lives than it already has today. However, at the same time as our knowledge about the living things increases, every field in biology gets more and more specialized. Every researcher is limited to a tiny piece of the whole picture. Politics and the common man are no longer able to understand what is going on inside the labs. Especially in Europe, vast parts of the population fears that genetically engineered crops will lead to an environmental disaster or unknown side-effects in humans. The large pharmaceutical and life science companies need well-trained biologist not only in research, but also as mediators between researcher and client and researcher and management as well as between the company and the public in general. The need for information increases with the growth of knowledge. I see myself as one of the persons in the position between the different parties. This includes also the possibility to work as a speaker of a company, counselor or journalist. My current academic training focuses especially on the scientific part.
I taught myself HTML and the basics of digital image editing and started to build my own homepage. Later, I got the chance to redesign the web site of the Faculty of Biology. Due to my engagement there, I have had the opportunity to take part in a project with the goal to create an interactive CD-ROM based on HTML as supplement to an introductory lecture of protein science. I have also had a chance to teach a tutorial in cell biology accompanying a lecture in cell biology. Both experiences helped me to realize the importance of teaching and gave me the opportunity to develop or improve my own skills in teaching.
I am expierenced in the use of standard office and database applications (MS Word, Excel, FileMaker) and desktop publishing software (Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, GoLive, Acrobat). Additionally, I worked with RasMol and Chime using PDB-files to create an interactive tutorial dealing with the visualisation of protein structures for teaching purposes.