PhD student with Ruth Ley
Moving to Tübingen for my PhD was a huge jump, but it has been well worth it. The MPI for Biology was fantastic at helping me settle in, understand the German system, and has even supported me in learning the language. The city itself is a lovely, quiet, and comfortable place to live, with a vibrant young population. Being located by the Black Forest and Schwabian Alb, there is also a wealth of hiking, sightseeing, and other outdoor activities close-by. Within the department of Microbiome Science, I have been free to design a fully self-driven, independent project. The ready access I have had to both materials and state-of-the-art equipment has allowed me to be highly productive, and remain creative and exploratory in the types of experiment that I can perform. I have also had the benefit of working closely and seamlessly with other labs within the institute, learning from their different expertise.
My colleagues at the institute come from a wide range of backgrounds, from all over the world, each bringing their unique experiences and perspectives. This has led to a truly welcoming, and supportive community. There are few places in the world where I would have been able to carry out a similar type of project, and I believe it’s allowed me to become a far better scientist as a result.