My professional experience as a scientist gave me the opportunity to experience other languages and cultures while working in scientific research laboratories in the U.S. and in Oxford, UK, and traveling to international conferences. I enjoy the exposure to different cultures, but it also makes me appreciate more my cultural background.
My passion for teaching developed during my university education in biosciences. I was born and raised in Berlin, Germany. I graduated from Humboldt-University in Berlin with Ph.D. in Human Genetics. After moving to the U.S. with my husband in the late 1990's, I combined my interest in research with my love for teaching. I instructed and trained undergraduate and graduate students as well as medical doctors at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. As our daughter was born we moved to California. She attended the GISSV starting in preschool and just graduated with a German International Abitur. As a parent, I was actively involved in the GISSV school community. I was a parent representative for many years, worked at the school library, and taught the middle school afternoon class "Chemical Experiments". Watching my daughter being fluent in German and English in daily conversations as well as in academic subjects was wonderful and I would love to give this gift to other students as well.
Education: Ph.D. in Genetics, Max-Delbrück-Center for Molecular Medicine and Medical faculty ofthe HUB (Charité), Berlin, Germany; M.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Humboldt-University Berlin (HUB), Berlin, Germany.
Years in Education: 6