Nchimunya Nelisa Tebeka
In 2014, I graduated with a BSc in Biochemistry and Cell Biology from Jacobs University Bremen, in Germany. My undergraduate research interests were in the fields of Genetics, Cell Biology and Microbiology. For my undergraduate research project, I worked on characterizing the adaptation of the microbe 'Marinobacter adhaerens' in heavy-metal-rich marine environments. This work inspired me to study for a Master's degree at the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology in Germany. My MSc thesis focused on characterising monoterpenes enzymes in the 'Castellaniella defragrans' microbe.
In 2016, I was awarded the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship to read for a DPhil at the University of Oxford. I joined Dr Cantley's group because of my interests in understanding mechanisms that play a role in metabolic disorders such as Diabetes mellitus. My research investigates the role of a specific biomarker as a possible mechanistic link between viral infection and the development of Type 1 Diabetes (T1D).