Visiting Partner: Frederic Brösecke
Home Institution: Charite, Berlin, Germany
Host Institution: YALE, New Haven
Rotation and Time: TRENAL Visiting Predoctoral Student 2019/2020
I spent the first half of my 12-month TRENAL experience in the lab of Professor Knauf in Berlin studying a novel inflammation-related biomarker in chronic kidney disease. I was overwhelmed by the friendly working atmosphere in his lab and the patient training of basic lab work I received. The trust in my work was very special. To learn new techniques and understand the general approach of solving scientific questions will always play an important part in my future academic life and will help me to understand how the fundamental knowledge my medical studies are based upon was attained.
At the moment, I am working in the immunobiology lab of Professor Richard Flavell at Yale University. Working alongside Dr. Michael Chiorazzi, we are interested in understanding the role of the immune system in the development of cancer. I have been impressed by the numerous ways to address and verify a hypothesis. While working on these questions, I have gained insight into a variety of different fascinating projects and got the chance to work with extraordinary and impressive scientists. To see how these big international projects are addressed and further get the chance to learn from these great people will strongly influence my future career.
I owe my deepest gratitude to Felix, Richard, Mike, Martin, Ádám and Andrea without whom these last months would not be such a great learning opportunity. Moreover, I have to thank the TRENAL-network, the BIH and the DAAD for their generous funding of this project.