Meet the newest ACRC/School of Life Sciences Visiting Student Research Scholars

ACRC/School of Life Sciences Visiting Student Research Scholars Program is a program designed to enhance collaboration between the School of Life Sciences in Hamburg, Germany and the Abboud Cardiovascular Research Center labs by hosting a School of Life Science Student.  Students gain experience in practical aspects of the lab and experience another culture. Iowa teams get exposure to interesting German students that diversify and enhance your lab. Students will rotate on a 4-month term.  Below are the current School of Life Science Visiting Student Research Scholars.


Annika Meilin Schmidke
Annika Schmidke

Annika Meilin Schmidke
Email: schmidke.97@web.de
Hometown: Rotenburg Wuemme, Germany
University of Iowa – ACRC Lab: Isabella Grumbach

Background:

It was during high school, and maybe even earlier, my interest in Biology and Chemistry began to flourish.  To satisfy my curiosity after finishing High School I went to Hamburg and started my education at the School of Life Science in Hamburg.

School of Life Science program interest:
At the School of Life Science, I have been exposed to numerous areas of biology including Biochemistry, Microbiology, Ethics and Bioinformatics. In addition to coursework, the School of Life Science has multiple internships which students participate in. To complete the internships the School of Life Science has numerous collaborations with different Institutions within Europe and abroad, which is a fantastic chance to learn science in a variety of different environments.

Why I came to Iowa:

During the presentations of different internship opportunities, the laboratories at the University of Iowa grabbed my attention. The introduction to the work in the Grumbach lab cemented my decision that I would like to go to the University of Iowa.

During my time in Iowa City, I discovered this was truly an excellent opportunity to not only improve my English but more importantly learn different scientific methodologies from senior scientists. After finishing my education at the School of Life Science in Hamburg and my experience with different internships I will be confident in my ability to begin a career as a biological-technical Assistant. However, based on my educational and internship experiences I think I would like further my education at University to study Biochemistry.


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Chris Dargers

Christina (Chris) Dargers
Email: chris@dargers.de
Hometown: Hamburg, Germany
University of Iowa – ACRC Lab: Peter Gruber

Background:

I have always been interested in biology and fascinated by molecular structures like the DNA. To pursue my interests after finishing high school, I decided to go to the School of Life Science to become a biological technical assistant.

School of Life Science program interest:
During my tenure at the School of Life Science I have been exposed to numerous areas of science and math. However, the highlight of my studies has been the amazing opportunity to participate in a four month internship to another continent to not only improve my language abilities but also my lab skills.

Why I came to Iowa:

When I was given the opportunity to further my research experience within the laboratory of Dr. Peter Gruber, I knew I wanted to be at the University of Iowa. The experience in the lab has not only helped me learn new techniques but has given me the invaluable ability to see the “bigger picture”. The perspective I have gained during my time here has cemented my desire to continue my career in life sciences, potentially in Forensics.


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Finn Schwerdhofer

Finn Schwerdhöfer
Email: finn-sv@web.de
Hometown: Hamburg, Germany
University of Iowa – ACRC Lab: Rajan Sah

Background:

Since my school time, I spent half a year as an exchange student in Australia, where I learned to speak “English” followed by a gap year of working and traveling. After my return to Germany, I began my studies at the School of Life Science in Hamburg.

School of Life Science program interest:
I became interested in the School of Life Science, because I simply liked biology. The university has provided an excellent theoretical science background and introduced me to exciting opportunities for real world experience, including internships at the Francis Crick Institute in London and the Abboud Cardiovascular Research Center at the University of Iowa.

Why I came to Iowa:

I applied to the exchange internship because America is well regarded around the world for its scientific achievement; specifically the University of Iowa is known as a world leader in research and I wanted to expand my theoretical training with extensive hands-on research experience. Additionally I have always been interested in America and the American lifestyle, with Iowa City being a vibrant university town the combination of all factors made this opportunity too good not to pursue.


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Sebastian Brumm

Sebastian Brumm
Email: Sebastian.Brumm@gmx.de
Hometown: Geesthacht, Schleswig-Holstein
University of Iowa – ACRC Lab: Chad Grueter

Background:

In 2011, I started my career as a student in the School of Electricians, due to my interest in physics and math. As I was proceeding through my apprenticeship, I discovered that the amount of natural science required was not enough to satisfy my interests. I then transitioned into a program to receive a diploma from German secondary school, which qualified me for University admission, which I accomplished in 2015.

School of Life Science program interest:

After completing my secondary school degree, I was determined to further my education and understanding in science and enrolled in the School of Life Science in 2015. I chose the School of Life Science because of the opportunity to work in a scientific lab using biological and chemical methods at the highest standards and being able to study after graduating at the same time.

Why I came to Iowa:

 The main reason that I wanted to continue my education abroad was to learn more about practical scientific work in an international environment, have the ability to improve my skills as a research assistant, practice my English skills and experience the culture of an American city. The University of Iowa had everything I was looking for. The University has a huge research center for cardiovascular research in an environment that has a variety of international students. I have discovered since my arrival, Iowa City provides a large number of cultural experiences and leisure activities.


For More Information about the program or to have your lab participate please contact.

The Abboud Cardiovascular Research Center

acrc@uiowa.edu

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