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The Leadership Program

Susanne Spoerel

Image of Susanne SpoerelBackground:

I grew up in a town near Hamburg, Germany. Since my childhood, I have been interested in nature. At the age of eight the idea of being a scientist fascinated me. Later as my interest in nature focused on animals, I decided to study veterinary medicine. Now, I am a fifth year student at the University of Veterinary Medicine, Hanover. In 2012, I participated in the Veterinary Summer School at the University of Cambridge, where I worked on the Murine Norovirus. Last year, I had the opportunity to work on research topics at the Federal Research Institute for Animal Health at the Department of Novel and Emerging Diseases as an optional part of my practical training because it is usually quite difficult to fit in research in one's curriculum in Germany.


My primary research interest is infectious diseases, especially emerging diseases as well as human diseases which are studied in animal models.
In my free time I love doing sports like running, swimming, kayaking and dancing. Besides, I love spending time with friends, going abroad and volunteering. I have a passion for photography so my camera is my constant companion especially outdoors.

Career Goals:

I am going to do my state examination in veterinary medicine next year. After that, I am planning to do my PhD, as a first step towards a science-based career. I hope to be able to do my PhD abroad, as this would make a dream come true.