An Opportunity and a Challenge

Dr. Milos Galic has established his own working group in the Cluster of Excellence
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Dr. Milos Galic has lived in many places. He is Swiss by birth, studied developmental biology in Zürich, did his PhD on neurobiology in Basel, and carried out his postdoctoral training in systems biology at Stanford University in the United States. Since January 2014 he is a CiM Junior Research Group Leader at the University of Münster, where he has been investigating how the mechanical deformation of the cell membrane is converted into a biochemical signal. “Doing independent research for the first time presents enormous opportunities, but also challenges,” says Milos Galic. On the one hand, he can devote himself entirely to developing his own ideas but, on the other hand, he is now responsible for ensuring that his scientific projects are successful and that his master and PhD students are trained in the best possible way.

What he appreciates in CiM are the top-notch facilities with highly specialized equipment and the openess to collaboration. His wife’s junior research group is also supported by the Cluster as a dual career measure, permitting the young ­family to enjoy both a good research and private life and enriching the university with two excellent young researchers. “What we as researchers appreciate is that we’re both able to work in one place, which is rare,” says Milos Galic. “Although our time here is limited, there is no better place for my future as a scientist.”