So long, Farewell Team Gregor

After five years as a junior professor at HIPS, Gregor Fuhrmann will take up a professorship in pharmaceutical biology at the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg (FAU). He will build up a new team there and continue his career as an independent scientist. We spoke with Gregor about his time at HIPS and would like to share this with you. We wish Gregor, his family and his team good luck and success and hope that our paths will continue to cross.

Dear Gregor, when did you actually hear about HIPS for the first time? How long did it take you to join us and how did it come about?

I met Claus-Michael Lehr in April 2014 at the 13th European Symposium on Controlled Drug Delivery in Egmond aan Zee and we hit it off right away. He told me about HIPS and invited me to Saarbrücken. I then started applying for various junior researcher programmes and was finally successful in the BMBF excellence programme "NanoMatFutur". With this funding, I was then able to establish my junior research group Biogenic Nanotherapeutics at HIPS in May 2016.

What were the best moments you experienced at HIPS? And what has been the biggest challenge so far?

Starting at HIPS was very nice because it was the first time I had my own group. Of course, that also came with the challenge of taking care of all the technical and administrative tasks on my own, which was sometimes not easy. Besides the scientific activities, I will always remember the New Year's party in January 2020 - that was great! 

You will soon be leaving us to become a professor of pharmaceutical biology at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. How will this move affect your research?

I would like to develop more in the direction of biological plant research, because the Department of Biology at FAU is the right cooperation partner for this. Besides that, I would like to continue to invest the majority of my work in infection research. The contact with HIPS will therefore certainly remain.

What are the 3 things at HIPS and about Saarland that you will miss the most? 

At HIPS: the positive climate among each other; the support from IT, caretakers and offices that allow you to focus on research; the instrumental infrastructure.
About Saarland: the warmth of the Saarlanders; the Saarschleife (river and sausage!); the dialect (well, not really ).

Dr. Alwin Hartman and Dr. Yannic Nonnenmacher conducted the interview.

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