Meet PhD student Alexander Hogrebe – University of Copenhagen

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Meet PhD student Alexander Hogrebe

Why CPR?

When I came to CPR for an interview, I was amazed by the broad spectrum of expertise focused in a single center. CPR offers unique opportunities for a PhD student
of life sciences by uniting cutting-edge research technology, core facilities, and experts from very different fields on just three floors. That, combined with a very
welcoming atmosphere in my new host lab, reassured me that these were excellent conditions to start a thesis, and I haven't been disappointed so far.

What makes CPR attractive?
The great thing about CPR for a young researcher like me is that people with completely different backgrounds can get together for collaborations and the exchange of scientific knowledge. This happens at all levels, not only when we present our research to our fellow students and postdocs but also on a daily basis. People here are very happy to share their knowledge, and you easily get caught  up in the positive atmosphere of scientific exploration. And after work on a Friday, afternoon discussions continue over a beer in our science square.

How did you hear about CPR?
CPR, and its Proteomics Program in particular, was recommended to me by my former Master’s thesis supervisor Professor Bernard Küster in Germany, and this recommendation underlines CPR's good international reputation.

Has your impression of CPR as a research institution changed now that you are here?
My initial impression of a welcoming atmosphere has been confirmed, especially when I joined SPA, CPR’s student and postdoc association. The members
of SPA are actively searching for intensive scientific exchange which, in my opinion, is really important in an academic environment.

What do you expect your PhD studies here to give you?
I expect (and already experience) an excellent scientific environment that enables me to pursue the questions emerging as part of my research thesis. I think that this will help me to turn into a well-prepared researcher. At the end of my 3 years in the PhD program, I am sure that I will have established many connections to, and collaborations with, researchers from other fields, both within and outside CPR.