Dr. Ulrike Schumann
What is your current research interest?
Employing my expertise in RNA biology to understand the role of miRNAs in age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Also, investigating the suitability miRNAs as diagnostic markers and/or therapeutics for AMD.
What is your favourite experiment?
I’m not sure yet, but as long as it involves RNA I will probably like it.
What are your favourite hobbies outside of the lab?
As a triathlete I love being out on my bike or going for a swim or run. But I also love gardening and sometimes succumb to a crafting and baking burst.
What is your favourite cuisine?
I’m not sure I have a favourite cuisine, I enjoy trying new things.
I am a new addition to the Clear Vision Research Lab, bringing my expertise in RNA biology to the fold. I studied biotechnology in Jena, Germany and then moved to Aberdeen, Scotland to complete my Master’s degree studying the gating properties of mechanosensitive ion channels. I continued my PhD studies in Aberdeen to understand the role of these mechanosensitive ion channels in the late blight pathogen Phytophthora infestans. This research kindled my interest in host-pathogen interactions, which prompted me to accept a Post-doctoral position at CSIRO (then Plant Industry) in Canberra, Australia. I undertook research to characterise the RNA silencing machinery in the plant-pathogenic fungus Fusarium oxysporum, working with small interfering RNAs and micro RNAs. I expanded my work to investigate the role of epigenetics in the defence response of Arabidopsis thaliana. To deepen my knowledge of epitranscriptomic processes, I joined the RNA biology group at the ANU (JSCMR) and investigated the role of 5-methylcytosine in mRNA translation.
I am passionate about fundamental research, and I believe that a thorough understanding of the cellular processes underlying disease development will give an advantage to specifically exploit these for therapeutic solutions. I have always been keen for my research to contribute the development of novel technologies. Joining the Clear Vision Research Lab will bring me closer to that goal as it will allow me to directly connect fundamental research with the development of targeted therapeutics.