How to organize a summer school: Answers from the experts

Did you ever wonder how a scientific conference or summer school is organized? Who selects the speakers and more importantly, who decides which abstracts are selected for a presentation? And what are the criteria for the poster awards? Well, during my visit to the ENII  (European Network of Immunology Institutes) Summer school of Immunology in Sardinia a few weeks ago, I became curious and decided … Continue reading How to organize a summer school: Answers from the experts »

Interdisciplinarity – Thinking outside the box

Years ago, when I finished school, a small but special human population termed mom and dad expected me to decide what to do with my life. “Benedikt, do something meaningful!” my parents said. Thus, highly motivated I enrolled at the University of Bonn and started studying biology. That was amazing! Everything was fantastic and my fellow students and me were the opposite of focused: A … Continue reading Interdisciplinarity – Thinking outside the box »

Catch the moment – Networking at a conference

I guess many young scientists know that feeling: They collected their first useful data in the lab and are finally allowed to go to their first big conference in their field.   But what is going to conferences all about? You must spend a lot of money in advance, you have to arrange your travels by yourself, you spend much time on preparing your data … Continue reading Catch the moment – Networking at a conference »

Politics and Immunology: Diseased bodies in distress

Some of you may immediately feel nauseated when watching the news today. Understandable, since engaging in the developments of the home of the brave and land of the free may wear one out these days. But no worries – you are not alone. In fact, the instance that you still bravely follow the news shows how strong you are. So let`s try to understand how … Continue reading Politics and Immunology: Diseased bodies in distress »

Master Newbie in Bonn? We can help!

The ImmunoSensation Blog is happy to welcome the new Immunology and Biochemistry LIMES Master students as well as the Medical Immunosciences and Infection Master students of the University Hospital. We want you to have a great start in our nice city and get to know your colleagues in a fun way. Therefore, we have prepared a little challenge: Team up with four to ten of … Continue reading Master Newbie in Bonn? We can help! »

Delicious and nutritious – worms, grasshoppers &co

Insect-based food for human purpose is now sold in Switzerland. Our neighbours have recently legalised the growing and sale of insects for food purposes, which makes them the first European country to do so. Since mid of August, mealworm-based burger patties and meatballs (where the term “meat” might be misleading) are offered in Swiss grocery stores. With my eyebrows raised to the max, I spontaneously … Continue reading Delicious and nutritious – worms, grasshoppers &co »

Negev desert: stark beauty

Everything started with the attendance of the Minerva meeting 2017 in Israel – interesting talks, interesting people, interesting culture to discover. After the end of the meeting we decided to spend some more days in Israel and discover something completely different. You have probably thought that people travel to Israel – despite attending a meeting – due to religious motivations or to eat falafel? Ever … Continue reading Negev desert: stark beauty »

Fighting Melanoma – Quantum Leap Ahead

“We can begin to dare dreaming about curing melanoma”, a sentence I’ve heard said out loud on the podium during last year’s Society of Melanoma Research (SMR) conference in Boston, the largest and most important conference for all those involved in the fight against malignant melanoma. This sentence would not have been thinkable only a few years ago. Back then, classical chemotherapy using the DNA … Continue reading Fighting Melanoma – Quantum Leap Ahead »

Pride and Prejudice – or: How to deal with the employment office

“Studying biology should be considered a hobby”, that is what a speaker humorously mentioned at a job talk hosted by the Bonner Forum Biomedicine last year. The speaker, who had a PhD in biology and successfully worked in industry for two decades, did not intend to say that studying biology is easy, but she pointed out that there are simply too many students for too … Continue reading Pride and Prejudice – or: How to deal with the employment office »

Fantastic Sortases and where to find them

Since my bachelor thesis I use cloning on a regular basis. Back then to transform yeast, later I needed to clone in order to perform a yeast-two-hybrid screen while now everything has shifted to the expression and modification of proteins. Cloning of plasmids is easy due to the long known and appreciated restriction enzymes. You flank your coding sequence with unique restriction sites and ligate … Continue reading Fantastic Sortases and where to find them »