Bugging The System

A blog about microbes, diseases and biomedical research advances. Posts in English or German.

About Me

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Hello and Welcome to my blog – it’s great to have you here!

I am Michaela Maya-Mrschtik, a cancer researcher and science writer, and the host of this blog. At first glance, I may seem like a stereotypical, young scientist: curious and analytical, a bit too shy at times, and always focused on what the data / evidence tells me. But, like any other human, I have more layers: I am a passionate cook and a globetrotter – I was born in Austria, but I enjoy travelling the world, and I have lived in NZ, the UK and now GER. I love cats, languages and photography (check out my flickr account if you want to see proof!), and a wish to learn something new every day. I am interested in – and I care about – politics and things happening in the world. I prefer to see myself as a realist, but that might be a bit optimistic. I like to read – research articles, books, newspapers, blogs – and I love to write.

I started this blog for several reasons. Most importantly, I want to share my love for science with the world– this is a place for my thoughts/opinions on science-related issues and my personal take on exciting developments in (mostly biological/medical) science. In addition, I want to use this space to regularly practice the craft of writing and maybe try some new techniques and/or ways to convey a story. Finally, as someone that considers herself as bilingual, I am keen to use both my native language (German) and my second language (English) to try and tell compelling stories about science.

At this point I would like to say thank you to you, my reader. Thank you for bearing with me and for reading my musings. I hope you enjoy my posts, and I’d be happy to hear your comments, suggestions or thoughts – you can reach me here via comments, through twitter (@MiMrMa) or by email (lifescientifique@yahoo.co.uk).

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