In this new series of the blog, we ask 5 questions to personalities of every Helmholtz centres to learn more about it.
1) How would you describe your institute?
The HMGU is centered on environmental health topic. Thus, research at HMGU addresses the question if and how environmental factors, including environmental pollutants, diet, and lifestyle, interact with our genetic makeup and which interactions lead to severe human diseases, most notably diabetes, lung disease and allergies.
2) What are the most interesting results or topics of your work/institute (in the last 3-5 years)?
Major achievements have been made in the development of novel therapeutic and prognostic strategies for both type 1 and type 2 diabetes, the establishment of optoacoustic technologies and the implementation of high throughput data mining and analysis.
3) What makes your institute special among others in the same field?
The HMGU by now comprises one of the internationally leading centers in metabolism research with a particular strength in diabetes, genetics and target development.
4) What characteristics should a doctoral researcher have to become a successful scientist in your field and/or in general?
Motivation and dedication to a certain topic, ability to communicate and interact with other people, ability to organize yourself.
5) What is your special advice for doctoral researchers and young scientists?
Select your research topics according to what you are excited about. Only then, you will be motivated and successful in the end.