Photo:

Werner Muller

A lot of interesting questions, Best of luck to Vicky and Madgie

Favourite Thing: Finding out new mechanism of diseases.

My CV

Education:

went to school in Germany

Qualifications:

Did get a Diploma in Biology (german system) like Master in UK and a Dr. rer. nat. (like PhD in UK)

Work History:

Worked in Cologne and Braunsschweig in Germany

Current Job:

Bill Ford Chair of Cellular Immunology at the Faculty of Life Sciences at the University of Manchester

Employer:

University of Manchester

Me and my work

I am trying to understand how inflammation starts and how it is resolved.

I am interested in chronic inflammatory bowel disease. We are working on one small protein called Interleukin-10. If Interleukin-10 is not made, then we would develop a strong inflammatory bowel disease. Luckily this is very rare. It is quite possible that patients suffering from inflammatory bowel disease do have a misbalance of the immune system.

My Typical Day

A lot of meetings with scientists, reading scientific papers, teaching.

I am also coordinating an EU research program called SYSMEDIBD (http://www.sysmedibd.eu). It is about systems medicine of inflammatory bowel disease. The aim of systems medicine is to find the best possible treatment for a patient based on multiple parameters that we can determine using for example modern genome analysis technology.

What I'd do with the money

I like trump card games. Most likely would like to develop such a game related to my research area.

My Interview

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

finding the not-yet-found

Who is your favourite singer or band?

Johnny Marr

What's your favourite food?

spagetti with a good sauce

What is the most fun thing you've done?

travelling in Japan

What did you want to be after you left school?

to be an engineer

Were you ever in trouble in at school?

falling asleep when sitting in the front

What was your favourite subject at school?

Biology

What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?

developed a software program to analyse genes of antibodies

What or who inspired you to become a scientist?

a book that described in simple terms how DNA works.

If you weren't a scientist, what would you be?

an engineer

If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!

working with good students, get the right work balance, discover exciting new things

Tell us a joke.

I am german (no humour).

Other stuff

Work photos:

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By chance I took a photo of the cat that climbed on my head. Here you find a picture how the cat looked like. It was enjoying the sun.

You may find more about the cat in parts of the question and answer session.

Here is the link: https://genesn13.imascientist.org.uk/2013/11/11/why-do-cats-always-land-on-their-feet/#comment-233

In the chat I was asked what I like to do outside science. Here is an example of taking picture of birds (I am not a professional bird watcher).

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