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Leadership Program




Cornell Summer Research and Leadership Program

Katharina Dinger

Freie Universitšt Berlin
Class of 2009

Background: Born in 1981 in a small village deep down in the Black Forest. With a mother being veterinarian for small animals, I had early contact with the diversity of veterinary medicine. With an perhaps inherited faszination in natural science and due to my curiosity about the fundamentals of biological processes and the interaction of different creatures, I decided to study Veterinary Medicine at the Freie University of Berlin in October 2003. During my study, I continuously strengthened my knowledge in scientific research during different practical trainings as well as voluntary work at the Institute of Microbiology and the Institute of Immunology. In the summer of 2007 I had the opportunity to participate in an internship at the German Aerospace Center in Cologne, where I once more recognized the wide range of possibilities in veterinary research. During this time, I had the opportunity to engage in my own project dealing with canine mesenchymal stem cells, their cultivation, and the influence of X-radiation on the cells.

Interests: I love being outdoors, spending my time with my family and friends, play the piano and since two years I try to get fit enough for the Berlin Marathon.

Career Goal: I would love to combine my curiosity, my fascination in natural science and fondness for being outdoor in my later profession. Ultimately I wish to be able to work in basic research at University.