After my first postdoctoral project. I have always found research exciting, research serves my curiosity. Only when I know how something works do I feel at ease.
My birthday during my first year as a graduate student. My wife and I drove downtown to dance and party at a club late into the night. On the way home, we stopped at the institute after midnight. I developed an X-ray film, and in a split second it was clear that the research project I had chosen was working and the 'cat was in the bag'.
Creativity, curiosity and tenacity.
I am merely a co-founder with a minority share in a start-up and therefore cannot call myself an entrepreneur. I think most scientists sooner or later realize that their research offers potential for applications that were unimaginable not so long ago. Then it takes a good plan, a proof-of-concept, a market study and venture capital.
I love the outdoors to cool down after work.
Director, Department of Plant Microbe Interactions, Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research
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