Volunteer: Maja Rischer
Maja Rischer is from a small town in the east of Germany. After completing her Bachelor’s degree in Biology and her Master’s degree in Microbiology in the city of Jena, she enjoyed it so much that she also started her PhD there.
She successfully gained her PhD on microbe-host interactions and involved natural products, at the Hans Knöll Institute for Natural Product Chemistry and Infection Biology, After this, she will initially work as a postdoc on protein engineering in Christine Beemelmanns group.
When she is not feeding marine polyps in the laboratory, Maja enjoys producing (info)graphics for applications, books or reviews. She also supports the establishment of a pharmacy in Uganda, runs several kilometers around Jena and enjoys several sport courses.
Group Website: https://www.leibniz-hki.de/en/chemical-biology-of-microbe-host-interactions.html
FEMS Microbes is excited to present its latest thematic issue, focusing on bacterial-viral co-infections. Host and microbial factors are critically important for influencing the severity and outcome of infection. Interactions between microbes is an understudied yet important aspect to this process.