Visiting Partner: Hannah Schwarz
Home Institution: Medical Student at FAU, Erlangen
Host Institution: YALE, New Haven
Rotation and Time: TRENAL Visiting Predoctoral Student2019
After spending 6 Months in the laboratory of Prof. M. Wiesener in Erlangen investigating the molecular mechanisms underlying late onset ciliopathy using patient derived cells, I got the great opportunity to participate in the TRENAL program. For this program I had the honor to join the laboratory of Prof. Stefan Somlo at Yale University for another six months. I was associated to a project of Dr. Anna Rachel Gallagher investigating the role of cell adhesion in Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease (ADPKD).
Thanks to the well-established relationship between the Department of Nephrology in Erlangen and the Somlo lab at Yale initiated by the TRENAL program, my transition in research was smooth. Although being new to the American research environment I felt welcomed and well mentored throughout my whole stay. I strongly appreciate being part of this highly recognized program.
Under the guidance of Dr. Markus Schüler in Erlangen and Dr. Anna Rachel Gallagher at Yale, I was provided a platform to learn and improve research skills and to freely formulate, express and exchange scientific ideas.
Moreover, I was able to get an extensive insight into a variety of research fields, including Internal Medicine, Genetics as well as clinical research in Nephrology by attending talks and seminars of leading investigators and clinicians. Engaging with these highly inspiring individuals was extremely motivating and enabled me to expand my research interests.
In addition to a wide range of research, Yale is a meeting point for a diverse group of scientists and students from all over the world. Being exposed to so many interesting people and cultural activities, such as concerts of the Yale Symphony Orchestra or the yearly International Festival of Arts and Ideas in New Haven was an incredibly enriching experience.
Overall, the new knowledge and skills I acquired during the course of the TRENAL program exceeded all my expectations.
I would like to express my deepest gratitude to Prof. Wiesener, Prof. Somlo, Dr. Schüler and Dr. Gallagher, the DAAD for its financial support as well as to all the highly inspiring people and friends I met here.