1. Message to students
If you are about to choose a lab for your thesis (bachelor, master, and Ph.D.), you might want to know what you can expect from our lab and what I expect from you. We work on the development of a model system that mimics the biological membrane. The basic idea is to fabricate a lipid bilayer with embedded proteins on a solid substrate so that we can simulate certain functions of the biological membrane and measure them. Our research is highly interdisciplinary, spanning from biochemistry to nanotechnology. Our projects are all collaboration with other research groups, so that we can combine the expertise from different disciplines. Therefore, what you can expect from our lab is many-facetted, exciting research that is interdisciplinary and highly collaborative. You may not directly benefit in your future jobs from the experimental skills that you acquire in our lab. They may be far too specialized. But what you really learn from the research experience is how to find problems (that have never been known), fix them, and sell the solutions, all in collaboration with other people. This is what you are going to do in your carrier whatever path you choose. From my side, I expect from you enthusiasm in what you are working on, positive thinking, a habit of asking questions, communicative and cooperative attitudes, and the strong will to find your own way. I can imagine that you do not have all of them for now. I am certainly willing to help you to acquire them during your time in our lab.