I am a structural biologist interested in proteins that mediate the merging of membranes. Membrane fusion is a central process for all eukaryotic cells. Extracellular fusion that is cell-cell fusion is a crucial step in the initiation and development of multicellular organisms as well as maintaining homeostasis. My toolkit includes electron cryo microscopy and tomography, crystallography, small angle X-ray scattering and biophysical techniques.
My way to combine career in science with a family is to work three shifts a day, every day. This means I am a scientist in the morning, mother in the afternoon and scientist again in the night. When I want to take a break I go to a conference, where I have only one role. Over the years I was lucky to work in labs that allowed me to take full advantage of the flexibility a scientific career can offer. This is all possible with high skills in time management and prioritising, but most importantly having a family that is supportive of my career.