Luisa Ostertag

Favourite Thing: To think about how to answer a question by running a simple experiment in the lab, to run the experiment and then go back and see if it did give you an answer to the question. I really like the process of getting the experimental result and depending on that design a new experiment and so on …



56. Primary School, Dresden, Germany, 1991-1994; Primary School, Elsterberg, Germany, 1994-1995; Goethe-Gymnasium (that’s comparable to Grammar School), Reichenbach/ Vogtland, Germany, 1995-2003


2003-2006: Martin-Luther-University, Halle/ Saale, Germany, Biochemistry; 2006-2007: University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, UK, Biochemistry/ Genetics; 2007-2012: University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, UK, PhD in Medical Therapeutics

Work History:

As a student assistant at the Leibniz Institute of Plant Biochemistry, Halle/ Saale, Germany, as a PhD student at University of Aberdeen, Rowett Institute of Nutrition & Health, Aberdeen, UK + Institute of Food Research, Norwich, UK


University of Aberdeen, Rowett Institute of Nutrition & Health, Aberdeen, UK

Current Job:

Postdoctoral research assistant

Me and my work

I am trying to find out if compounds from our diet can affect how sticky (or not) blood platelets are.

My Typical Day

My typical day involves early mornings, fresh blood, some lab work, data analysis and fun with students …

What I'd do with the money

My Interview

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

Dedicated, honest, and outdoor-loving!

Would you rather be a scientist or an athlete? And why?

A scientist! Yay! I don’t think I could bring myself to train for several hours EVERY day to keep up with the competition. Profesional athletes have to be sooooooooo incredibly disciplined!

If you could have a body super power, what would it be and why?

Which Olympic event would you most like to win? And why?

Gymnastics. To have such an incredible control over each and every move of your body and to make these hard movements look so effortless is just fantastic.

What did you want to be after you left school?

Ahem … a scientist?!

Were you ever in trouble in at school?

Not really seriously. Maybe I was stubborn sometimes and thus had arguments with teachers. But that was about the worst it got …

What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?

Tell us a joke.