Unique Scientist: Dr. Sarah ‘Bommel’ Wettstadt

Time to meet Dr. Sarah ‘Bommel’ Wettstadt (She/her)! Dr. Wettstadt is a molecular microbiologist from Germany currently living in Spain!

What kind of scientist are you?
I’m a postdoc in molecular microbiology studying the ability of the bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa to adapt to environments low in iron. I’m using classical microbiology techniques as well as structural biology to study these adaptations.

What made you want to become a scientist?
I was always curious about how things worked and why things function the way they do. The concept of getting sick by something as small and invincible as bacteria always stroked me and I love to understand those mystified things.

“[…] I love the sun, the beach and playing beach volleyball which contrasts to the dark and sometimes depressing lab environments.”

Dr. Sarah ‘Bommel’ Wettstadt

What makes you a #UniqueScientist?
I guess everyone is unique in their own way. I can be a nerdy scientist lecturing my friends about the risks of bacteria but also someone who enjoys an aperol at the beach talking complete nonsense 🙂

What’s something cool you do outside of work?
I love playing beach volleyball, throwing myself into the sand and smashing some balls 🙂 this might separate me from fellow scientists since I love the sun, the beach and playing beach volleyball which contrasts to the dark and sometimes depressing lab environments 😉

If you had one wish and could change anything in science, what would it be?
That you wouldn’t have to worry to find a new job every couple of years!

“I guess everyone is unique in their own way.”

Dr. Sarah ‘Bommel’ Wettstadt

Who has inspired you the most in your journey to where you are now?
My first microbiology professor, as well as my PhD supervisor!

Let’s end on a high note! What’s something you’ve done this week that you’re proud of?
I was awarded an accommodation grant for a conference I’m go to in a few months and my thesis was printed and bound and arrived with my supervisor.


#WomenInSTEM

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