How did I end up here? Already from kindergarten I liked to find out how things work, dismantling old cassette decks and watching How it’s Made or MythBusters on Discovery channel. Over time, I managed to put things together again and even build new things, like a self-stirring cocoa mug or a laser operated burglar alarm. I wanted to become an electrician when I grow up, just like my father. However, to study what I have already been taught at home did not satisfy my cravings for new knowledge and innovation.
After graduating high school, I changed strategy completely and applied for the most knowledge packed education available, Master of Science in Engineering Physics. To balance the studies, I was involved in many of the maker oriented extracurricular activities, like robot competitions, as well as started my own firm for developing research equipment. After graduating University, I am still trying to find out how things work, but now it is at the forefront of science and called research.
In the Biophysics and Biophotonics group, we develop and use new techniques for measuring on biological systems and I focus mainly on development side. Apart from the optical tweezers systems that we use to study bacteria, I am collaborating with research groups at the Department of Radiation Sciences, the Department of Plant Physiology, etc. I help to measure and create models for complex biological systems using sensors and novel fabrication techniques.