- Bioinformatician, PhD
- Science Journalist, MA
- Data Scientist, by nature
Bioinformatics (Biology + Informatics) and Genome Research has been the focus of everything between my Bachelor studies and PhD project while moving from Germany via Australia and Austria to Switzerland. Between the terminal and the lab I learned about what's happending inside a stem cell and a neuron and why parallisation is a good thing if you want to go home early. In computer science sharing code and insights has priority over competition and fame - I want to keep this practice in journalism and wherever I go.
Scientific research and journalism have one thing in common: Investigation. A scholarship allowed me to trade depth with breadth for a year studying Science Journalism at New York University and City University in London. I played more than I ever wanted with the English language, in text, audio and video production. Naturally I used data to dig out and tell stories - they call it data journalism but what is 'non-data' journalism anyway? Work(ed) with: Nature News, The Guardian, The Conversation and BBC News Labs.
I made my first out-of-academia experience as a scientific consultant in drug discovery. Its an important field but not the only one to cultivate the inner nerd. Every industry from science to finance to media can learn from quantitative insights, I am multi-curious towards these fields. After many years of programmatic problem solving I still see myself as a generalist: more into colours an communication than a usual data analyst and way more into stats than a web-developer. Native in R but languages can be learned.