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Meet Our Fellows: Sarah Masser

My name is Sarah Masser and I am currently a visiting graduate student working in the Sellers lab at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. Within my stay in the Sellers lab in the Cancer Program, undertaken as part of my ongoing PhD in the Stelzl Lab (University of Graz), we aim to investigate and uncover new aspects and possible mechanisms of dependencies in cancer. Besides doing research at this incredible institute, I was able to experience the American culture and the ‘big city life’ for the first time in my everyday life and I look forward to any free time where I can discover and explore even more facets of the US.

I have just recently started my amazing journey at the Broad and I am already very much looking forward to every single day I spend in this unique environment, with all the opportunities, great people/scientists as well as amazing support especially from all the PIs involved that this internship still has/will have to offer. First of all, a big thank you for the support from the PhD supervisor Ulrich Stelzl, who not only supports the projects and my well-being here, but also the projects at the home university through constant meetings and discussions. In this context, I would also like to acknowledge BioTechMed for the financial support of my PhD project and this research stay.

A big thank you also goes to my internship supervisor, Bill Sellers, who not only gives me the opportunity to work in his lab, but also facilitates many ideas, hypotheses, and interesting discussion points. Additionally, I am really thankful for all the support and help from Kathleen Mulvaney a former Postdoc in the Sellers lab working on the project I am involved in – now a PI on her own in Washington DC – while working on this project at the Broad she is a tremendous help.

Last but not least, I would like to thank the Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation, which made this internship possible through a generous funding.
I am looking forward to any further scientific as well as personal adventures here at the Broad in Cambridge.