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Scientific degrees

2006 - 2011 PhD in Molecular Oncology, University College London (UCL), London, UK
2003 - 2004 MSc Molecular Medicine, Imperial College, London, UK
2000 - 2003 BSc Molecular Genetics in Biotechnology, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK


Scientific career

03/2021 - present Junior Group Leader, Center for Biochemistry, University of Cologne
2020 - 2021   Senior Post-doctoral Fellow, CECAD Research Centre, University of Cologne
2012 - 2019 Post-doctoral Fellow, The Institute of Cancer Research, London, UK
2018 - present Lecturer for MSc Oncology, The Institute of Cancer Research, London, UK
2011 - 2012 Post-doctoral Fellow, UCL Cancer Institute, UCL, London, UK
2006 - 2011 PhD student, UCL Cancer Institute, UCL, London, UK
2010 - present Lecturer, Faculty of Life Science, UCL, London, UK
2010 - 2012 Lecturer for MSc Cancer, UCL Cancer Institute, UCL, London, UK
2006 - 2010 Teaching Assistant, Faculty of Life Science, UCL, London, UK
2005 - 2006 Research Assistant, Imperial College, London, UK
2003 - 2004 MSc student, Imperial College, London, UK
2002 - 2003 Intern, Genome Damage & Stability Centre, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK


Honors/ Awards/ Memberships

2018 - present Editorial board member of Cell Death Disease
2016 Talk prize, ECDO Conference, Barcelona 2016
2015 First prize, Scientific Image competition, The Institute of Cancer Research, London, UK
2015 Dean Award, Pathway of Independence, The Institute of Cancer Research, London, UK
2012 Runner-up, Postdoctoral Fellow Poster competition, Cancer Institute Annual meeting, UCL, London
2011 Kitty Cookson Foundation Travel Award for 102nd AACR Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida, USA


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