Einstein BIH Visiting Fellow Florian Sennlaub returns to the city in which he received his Doctorate in Medicine in 2001. Before his return, the specialist in the field of ophtalmology and immunobiology spent many years of research at the Institut de la Vision and the Centre de Recherche des Cordeliers in Paris. At the Berlin Institute of Health, he will explore the interaction of the immune system at the barrier between retina and bloodstream. Amongst other things he hopes to find answers about severe retinal diseases.
"We recently started our research project to decipher the role of mononuclear phagocytes in hypertension induced vascular remodeling and their interactions with the retinal pigment epithelium. Our first meetings were mainly dedicated to organizational questions and the recruitment of a post-doctoral fellow that will carry out the work in collaboration with the Berlin group. It also made us realize further how complementary the skills of Dr Strauss and Prof Joussens laboratory and the competences of my research group are and we are looking forward to our fruitful collaboration that was made possible by the Einstein Stiftung."
What do you do first thing in the morning when you arrive at your workplace, and why?
One of the reasons I like being a researcher best is that there is no routine. Every day is different and there really is no one thing that I would always do after arriving at work. It can be discussions with my collaborators, writing, experiments... one day never resembles another.
Is there a place in Berlin that links to the work on your research project?
It clearly is the Virchow Hospital I associate most with our research project. I used to work as an "ARZT im Praktikum" at the hospital back in 1996/97. It is amusing to rediscover the same building under a research angle this time.
What characteristics distinguish researchers from other people?
I guess many people are passionate about what they do, but I think researchers are often particularly amorous about their work. We are a very privileged lot of people who are allowed to spend their days doing what they love...