We're excited to reveal more about a day in the life here at ONI. This week we're talking to Blanka Kellermayer, one of our Application Development Scientists.
Introducing ONIee of the week
Introduce yourself, tell me about your studies and what you like to do outside of work?
I have a PhD in Neuroscience and I chose Neuroscience because I’ve always wondered how one organ can control a whole body, fascinating right?
I love nature, I like to go hiking and just try and keep myself as active as possible. I once walked along the border of France & Spain, The Pyrenees to be precise!
It looks like you've studied/worked in several different cities, which is your favourite?
I would say that my favourite place to study/work would be Bordeaux, this is where I fell in love with super-resolution microscopy and my son was born there, some great memories.
Oxford is also a really great place to live and work, I love the Natural History Museum.
Can you describe a typical day in your role as an Application Development Scientist?
I come from a user’s perspective, which is quite unique here at ONI. I guess we are the in-house testers of the microscope, we want to deliver applications that can be useful for our customers. The challenge for me personally is that we need to cover such a wide range of biological material and I don’t have knowledge in all of these areas.
We are currently focusing on immuno-oncology which is a particularly fascinating area for me.
What do you enjoy most about working at ONI?
I really like the people that I work with, not only are they brilliant people but I am also able to learn a lot about different subject areas such as chemistry for example. In addition to the science, I am learning a lot more about the commercial aspects of a business, including how we reach out to potential customers.
I will soon be carrying out a demonstration to a potential customer and I am excited to see how people react to seeing their work in super-resolution. I am also really proud to be associated with a company that is trying to democratise this technique.
Tell us something that we might not know about you...
I first drove a car when I was only four years old and nearly fell down the crater-of-mount-st-helens, something which still terrifies my parents to this day!
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