Stefan started his scientific career at the Ruprecht Karl University of Heidelberg where he obtained his bachelor’s degree in Biosciences in 2018. During that time, he developed a particular interest in immunology and microbiology. Thus, he chose to continue with his studies by entering the Major Infectious Diseases of the Molecular Biosciences Master program at the Heidelberg University. For his master thesis in 2021, he joined the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor (USA), where he investigated the crosstalk between noro virus, commensal bacteria, and the host. To continue working on host-pathogen interactions and immune responses to specific pathogens, Stefan joined the Schmidt lab as a PhD student in February 2022. His project is focusing on dissecting antiviral innate immune responses in the skin.
Apart from science, Stefan enjoys baking, going out into nature to explore new places and for sporty and adventurous activities such as hiking, canoeing, or snorkeling. At the same time, he also likes to relax by playing boardgames or watching movies together with friends.