#01 - Biochemist Dr. Gillian Dornan (FMP): fundamental biology, self-reflection, and all round professional development

The first guest of the Marthe Vogt Podcast is Dr. Gillian Dornan, a postdoctoral researcher at the Leibniz-Forschungsinstitut für Molekulare Pharmakologie (FMP).

In this episode, we discuss how not to loose motivation, the importance of self-reflection in career planning, and how to deal with mental health issues in academia.


Originally hailing from Vancouver, Canada, Gillian received her BSc (Hons) in Biological Sciences followed by a MSc Molecular Genetics from the University of Leicester in the UK. Afterwards, she joined the labs of Lori Passmore and Andrew Carter at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge where she was inspired to switch to the study of the structure-function relationship of macromolecular complexes.

Taking a leap of faith, Gillian joined John Burkes lab in Victoria, Canada as his first graduate student where she completed her PhD on how the class I PI3K lipid signalling enzymes are regulated and how they are involved in human disease. Gillian joined the lab of Volker Haucke at the FMP in July 2019 to study the class II PI3K proteins, how they are regulated and their roles in the cell.

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Podcast moderator and editor: Natalia Stolyarchuk.


Photo: Gillian Dornan, private