Year group: 2008 & 2009
Degree: MPhil, Bioscience Enterprise & PhD, Molecular Biology
College: St Edmund's & Peterhouse
Home country: Switzerland
Current position: PhD student at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, University of Cambridge
Stefan completed a business degree in Bioscience Enterprise before starting a PhD in Molecular Biology in Cambridge in 2009. His work with Sir Gregory Winter and Dr Philipp Holliger focuses on developing novel peptide based therapeutic agents. By reacting organic cores with cysteine containing peptide sequences, highly stable bicyclic structures can be created. Eventually, such hybrid molecules combine key qualities of small chemical drugs with advantages of monoclonal antibodies. Stefan is funded by a LMB Cambridge Scholarship.
Stefan was the founding president of the Cambridge Swiss Society and in his leisure time enjoys jogging, time-lapse photography and travelling.
When asked about Cambridge, he says: “My time in Cambridge has always been a very fruitful one, both in terms of intellectual progress as well as socially. The Laboratory of Molecular Biology is a fantastic place and offers cutting edge research even at PhD level. The amount of in-house expertise is almost unlimited and people are always willing to help. At the same time, the Collegiate system and Cambridge Societies make it very easy to connect to like-minded students from all over the world. I feel very privileged and grateful for the support of the Cambridge Overseas Trust.”