Dorothea Maetzel is currently working as Senior Scientist at Northern Biologics, a young Biotechnology company in Toronto trying to develop antibodies for the treatment of cancer. Before moving to Canada, she was a postdoc in Rudi Jaenische’s Lab in stem cell biology and disease modeling at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research (MIT). As an advisor of the German Academic International Network (GAIN), she helps to promote the importance of mentorship for fellow researchers at the 2017 Annual GAIN Meeting in San Francisco.
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We asked Dorothea a few questions about her work and experience in Germany:
- When did you know that you wanted to become a scientist?
During my last year of school I was going back and forth between studying architecture and biology. It was not an easy decision but in the end a conversation I had with my oldest brother helped.
- What are you currently working on?
Northern Biologics, the company I am currently working at, is developing antibodies for cancer immuno therapy. I am heavily involved in two of their programs.
- What was the most ‘German’ experience you have had?
Showing up for a dinner parties exactly on time while every one else was late, watching games of the German soccer national team in a bar with a lot of other Germans during the World and European championship.
- What advice would you give to students who are thinking of working in your field?
You need to be passionate about your work and really like what you are doing to be able to handle all the up and downs and all the extra hours you spend in the lab that come with a job in research.
- What advice would you give to North American students who are thinking of studying abroad in Germany?
The best advice comes from people who went abroad themselves and Germans that came to North America. They can tell you about the differences of the University system as well as cultural difference you will be confronted with when you go abroad.
- Which pictures, plants or unusual objects are there in your office?
A Northern Biologics Ice Hockey jersey hanging over my chair.
- Can you cook a German meal without a recipe? If so, which one?
There are actually quiet a few but the recipe I use the most is German potato salad.
- Is there someone who has significantly inspired you in your career? If so, who and why?
There are a few people that inspired me in my career for different reasons and not only connected to science. It’s hard to point out one specific one.
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