Raised in a small village close to the Ruhr Area, I studied Biology at the University of Duisburg-Essen. I did my bachelor’s thesis at the Max Planck Institute in Dortmund with Dr. Alexander Bird on the role of the microtubule interacting protein GTSE1 in cell migration. During my masters in Molecular Biomedicine at the University in Münster, the internalization of viruses into host cells caught my interest. For an internship on Rhinovirus infection, I joined the lab of Prof. Urs Greber at the University of Zurich. In 2016, I did my master’s thesis on HPV16 endocytosis the Schelhaas lab, where I then started my PhD in 2017. I am currently working on a detailed understanding of the endocytic mechanism that mediates HPV16 endocytosis using TIRF microscopy and cellular perturbations such as RNAi and inhibitor treatment.