Meet our Latest Travel Award Winner Dörte Schulte
Dörte Schulte is a researcher working at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster and is researching the role of the VEGFC/VEGFR3 pathway in lymphatic development. The award will help fund a trip to the Gordon Research Conference “The Growth and Function of Lymphatics for Therapeutic Targeting During Development and Disease”.
I am really happy to travel to the Gordon Research Conference with your help! This conference will be packed with interesting people in sunny California and will be a great experience. Dörte Schulte, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Germany, Hello Bio travel award winner
Congratulations Dörte. First, can you tell us a bit more about what you're working on at the moment?
I am a postdoc in the laboratory of Stefan Schulte-Merker and study lymphangiogenesis during development and disease. Currently, I am investigating the role of the VEGFC/VEGFR3 pathway in lymphatic development using zebrafish as a model organism. I am also working on a novel tumour model to determine the role of lymphangiogenic factors in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma.
What is it about your field of research that gets you most excited?I find it very exciting to discover something novel that was completely unknown. AIso I find it very fascinating to be able to use or develop novel tools and methods making things possible that you never thought of before.
Which scientists working today do you most admire, and why?I would not know to name a single person, there are a lot of great scientists around. But I admire every working mother, or parent in general, who is able to balance a career in research and family.
What do you think are the biggest challenges currently facing life scientists and their work?
Getting funding is an obstacle, especially for young researchers.
What’s your favorite science quote?
I don’t really have one, but if I look through science quotes I quite like the following: “Your theory is crazy, but it's not crazy enough to be true. (Niels Bohr)”
Thank you Dörte! We hope you enjoy your conference!
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