Ina is originally from Kastellaun, a small village in the region Hunsrück near Koblenz. She successfully completed her bachelor degree in Chemistry and her master degree in Chemical Biology at the Friedrich-Schiller-University of Jena. The research project of her bachelor thesis, which was supervised by Prof. Dr. Pohnert, was to investigate the regulation of the siderophore production in a hydrogen-oxidizing bacterium.
During her master thesis she dealt with bacterial-like nonribosomal peptide synthetases from the zygomycete Mortierella alpina and established a fluorescence-based A-domain assay in the lab of Prof. Dr. Dirk Hoffmeister.
In May 2020 she joined Pierre’s group as a PhD student. Ina is interested in natural products from ancient sources and traditional Mongolian dairy products. The aim of her project is to investigate the function of natural products and to identify new bioactive compounds from Mongolian dairy products and prehistoric samples that could be used to develop new antibiotics. Her highly interdisciplinary project combines chemistry, microbiology, food science and cultural anthropology.