Scouting for new talent

In LifeTec Group, we are always looking for innovation. We seek this not only in the type of research we do, or the experimental platforms we use in our lab, but we're also keen to attract young talent to our group to bring fresh new ideas and backgrounds with them. A great way to do this, is to be involved in Marie Sklodowska-Curie projects as these seek for promising young talents in research and allow us to take part in excellent research consortia. But as these talents develop, at some point they will want to explore more of the world and seek their own adventures. At this time, we are saying goodbye to one of such talents: Melanie Krüger.

BIOGEL

At the end of December 2020, we said goodbye to our colleague Melanie Krüger. Melanie started a new challenge as a Research and Development Engineer at Protembis GmbH. Melanie started her career as an R&D engineer at LifeTec Group in September, 2015 where she was hired as an Early Stage Researcher in the BIOGEL project. In this project she was working for three years as a fellow on the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network (ITN-ETN) - a major European research and training consortium in the framework of H2020 program, focused on engineering responsive and biomimetic hydrogels for biomedical therapeutic and diagnostic applications. Within this project Melanie developed a bioreactor that can be used to evaluate these hydrogels for tissue engineering purposes. This work resulted in a very interesting publication which you can find here [link].

  • The bioreactor developed to evaluate hydrogels for tissue engineering
    The bioreactor developed to evaluate hydrogels for tissue engineering
    The bioreactor developed to evaluate hydrogels for tissue engineering
  • Biogel Culture chamber to stretch cells in hydrogel
    Biogel Culture chamber to stretch cells in hydrogel
    Biogel Culture chamber to stretch cells in hydrogel

The birth of BioLiver

Melanie's main passion in her work was the development of an ex vivo liver platform, to be used to assess therapies and treatments for liver diseases. Her great amount of work and effort have resulted in a functioning ex vivo liver platform, which was named BioLiver, and that can already be used for short-term acute studies. We invite you to have a look at the BioLiver Platform page [link] and related publications you can find there. We are very thankful to Melanie for this development that will be further extended in the coming years by our team in, amongst others, the SINERGIA project [link] in which the BioLiver will be used to investigate liver response to drug exposure.

  • Teamwork
    Teamwork
    Teamwork
  • Making time to listen
    Making time to listen
    Making time to listen
  • Team-mates
    Team-mates
    Team-mates
Always willing to help

Thank you for everything!

After finishing the BIOGEL project, Melanie continued working as R&D engineer and project manager at LifeTec Group, which she did successfully and with team spirit! Looking back on her time at LifeTec Group, her team members describe her as a great colleague, empathic, optimistic, always willing to help in her own calm and structured way both research wise and on a personal level. With her great and many ideas, she easily motivated others and together it was easy to come up with new solutions.  Melanie was very a well-liked colleague, a great project manager with a very organized way of working on her projects. These skills will definitely help her in her new challenge at Protembis GmbH and we wish her all the best with this and with finishing her PhD thesis, which we can hopefully celebrate together later this year!

 

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