After graduating from medical school at FAU Erlangen in Germany, I am now back at Yale as a Postdoctoral Associate in Thoracic Surgery. In 2015/2016, I received a TRENAL scholarship to conduct predoctoral kidney research at University Hospital Erlangen and Yale School of Medicine. Working with and learning from Professors Peter Aronson and Felix Knauf as a medical student, was a crucial experience that inspired me to continue my career in academia. I will be forever grateful for their longstanding mentorship. My current research focuses on outcomes, quality of care, and disparities in surgical oncology.