Master’s Student, Study Abroad
- BSc, Julius-Maximilians Universität Würzburg, Würzburg | Germany (2016)
Luisa Schmidt is from Kempten in Allgäu, Germany. Fascinated by medicine, particularly the underlying pathology of human disease, she used her bachelor’s degree in biochemistry at the University of Würzburg to explore different areas of medicine including oncology, genetics and immunology. In 2017, keen to pursue a career in research, she started her master’s degree in biochemistry and oncology at the same university. She joined Toby Käser’s team in October 2018 as part of a study abroad program to learn more about One Health and its role in oncology and immunology research. In the Käser lab, she is investigating the immune response in pigs and humans using a One Health approach to aid vaccine development against Chlamydia infections. Her training includes working with BSL-2 pathogens, and techniques such as flow cytometry, confocal microscopy and transwell-based cell culture systems. At the end of her study abroad placement she plans to return to Würzburg to complete her master’s thesis on treatments for solid tumors. With her One Health, immunology and vaccination development training in the Käser lab, she hopes to apply for a PhD program and delve deeper into oncology and One Health research.