A Personal Touch of Martin Jaeger

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This week: Martin Jaeger






1. Name, nationality, current function & department?
Martin Jaeger, German, PhD student, Dept. of Internal Medicine, theme Infectious diseases and global health.

2. When you were a child what did you want to be when you grew up? Can you tell us something about your childhood years?
When I was young, there were a couple of things that I wanted to be. I thought that jobs as archeologist or Diver/Aquanaut would be really great and adventurous. As I grew up in Frankfurt later on, I wanted to work in a Bank (because of the high buildings) to make a lot of money. As you can see, at least on one part, the adventurous one, became reality by doing reserach.

3. What was your previous academic training, where did you study and why did you choose that study/those studies? 
When I look back, the academic training began with my social service that I had to do back in Germany for about 9 months. I did this service at the pathology department in a hospital in Frankfurt. This is where I learned about (doing) research. After that I decided to study Medical Biology at the Radboud University. After the Bachelor I switched to Biomedical Science to do the master (track) Pathobiology. After two great internships at the department of Tumor immunology and Internal Medicine I started my PhD in the group of Mihai Netea to work on a big project called the Human Function Genomics Project (http://www.humanfunctionalgenomics.org ). Within this project we are basically interested in which factors (host factors as genetics, microbiome and metabolome but also environmental factors as age for example) influence the immune response to several different pathogens and how these factors interact with each other.

4. The RIMLS motto is ‘to understand molecular mechanisms of disease’. What does this mean for you?
In fact, this is exactly what we do in our project. By looking into a big cohort of healthy individuals, we are able to better understand the factors and mechanisms that influence the human immune response. In the future we will be able to compare these finding with different other cohorts with specific diseases and pinpoint genes, pathways and processes that are deregulated.

5. Which international scientist inspires/inspired you the most? Please give a motivation why.
For sure, all the important scientists who made significant discoveries in the past but in the end its the colleagues, supervisors and collaborators with whom I am working every day.

6. Which research discovery that you have made has made you most proud?
Within the Human Functional Genomics Project we were able to publish a series of papers in CELL recently. These first set of papers globally describe the variation in humans and how this variation leads to differences in the immune response.

7. Given unlimited finance what experiment would you perform? 
As a lot of different material has been collected within this project I would definitely invest to measure and analyze more things from each individual to get an even better picture of how interindividual differences lead to differences in the immune response. Last but not least I would invest to extend the study and include even more individuals.

8. What does your working area (desk, office) look like and what does it say about you (or your research)?
I am sharing the office with 4 great colleagues, which are all female. You would expect that my desk is the messiest of all but I guess my German “Gruendlichkeit” suprinsingly leads to the cleanest desk in the office.

9. Nominate a colleague to be in the spotlight and what would you like to ask him or her? 
I want to nominate Wouter van der Heijden: Wouter, did you already take the sups of last monday?

10. You are nominated by Tom van Oorschot. What is your answer to this question?
Martin Jaeger, Can you tell us a joke? Martin Jaeger, Can you tell us a joke? Germans don’t tell jokes, Tom. You should know that. 

11. What type of person are you, quick insights:
a) Mac or PC?:
b) Theater or cinema?:
c) Dine out or dine in?:
Dine in
d) Ferrari or Fiat?:
e) Shopaholic or chocoholic?:
f) Culture or Nature:

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