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Lea Jenster obtained her Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology from 2011 to 2015 at the University of Applied Sciences in Iserlohn. Afterwards she chose to start the Microbiology Master´s program at the University Bonn to continue her education with a stronger biological focus. During her Master studies she was especially intrigued by medical microbiology including the interaction of the immune system with various pathogens. Lea was able to gain more experience in lab rotations at the Institute of Virology and the Institute for Medical Microbiology, Immunology and Parasitology at the UKB. In 2017 she wrote her Master Thesis at the Parasitology Department studying the influence of eosinophils on the development of experimental cerebral malaria in mice. In 2018 she joined the Schmidt Lab at the Institute of Innate Immunity as PhD student.
Since then, Lea studies inflammasome activation and its consequences in different cell types with focus on the NLRP1/CARD8 inflammasomes.
Lea is the nerd of the lab and therefore always happy to discuss Star Wars and superheroes. She is also fascinated by the Japanese culture and started learning Japanese in her free time.