Konstantin Richter (2011)
VU Mentor: Seva Gurevich
My name is Konstantin and I study biochemistry at Leipzig University in Germany. I am in my second year at university and I will graduate as a bachelor of science in 2012. After my first graduation I plan to do a master of science in biochemistry (or any related subject) as well as a PhD (in Germany, a master's degree is a requirement to do a PhD).
Here at Vanderbilt I work in Dr. Seva Gurevich's lab. This lab is currently working on arrestin proteins, which play an important role in the signaling pathway of GPCR's (G-protein coupled receptors). All people in my lab including the PhD students, my mentor Luis Gimenez, and other post-doc's are very open-minded, friendly and helpful. My first fear was to be the fifth wheel, but when I got to know my colleagues I realized that I am fully integrated into the lab's work. Biomedical research is not exactly what I want to do in my future, but the practical work in the Gurevich lab helped me to figure out how science and research really works. Getting in touch with the practical lab work, making mistakes and realizing that research is not straight forward are good experiences that I will take back home. I hope to find my way into metabolic biochemistry or bioorganic chemistry in the future to make my contribution to science.