A lot of interesting questions, Best of luck to Vicky and Madgie
went to school in Germany
Did get a Diploma in Biology (german system) like Master in UK and a Dr. rer. nat. (like PhD in UK)
Worked in Cologne and Braunsschweig in Germany
Bill Ford Chair of Cellular Immunology at the Faculty of Life Sciences at the University of Manchester
University of Manchester
Favourite thing to do in my job: Finding out new mechanism of diseases.
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 prize money
I like trump card games. Most likely would like to develop such a game related to my research area.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
finding the not-yet-found
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
developed a software program to analyse genes of antibodies
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
a book that described in simple terms how DNA works.
Were you ever in trouble at school?
falling asleep when sitting in the front
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
Who is your favourite singer or band?
What's your favourite food?
spagetti with a good sauce
What is the most fun thing you've done?
travelling in Japan
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).