Structural Task Force

Katharina Hoffmann

Molecular Biology M.Sc. student

Katharina worked as a student assistant at Thorn Lab. Normally, she studies molecular biology at the University of Hamburg. In her master's thesis, which was put on hold by Corona, she is working on the interruption of bacterial communication.

Since the lockdown, she has been digging around in databases and analyzing sequences. She never thought she would get so close to structural biochemistry and finds this development very exciting.  As a future science journalist, she hopes to dedicate her life to reading and writing soon.

Until then, she can usually be found behind a novel or in her home lab (cooking).

Posts of Katharina Hoffmann

Where are the drugs?

Katharina Hoffmann
Why are vaccines developed so quickly and treatments so slowly? In March 2020, the WHO declared COVID-19 a pandemic. Since then, 14 vaccines have entered the global market[1], and the number of immunized people grows every day. Even though vaccine development has never been this fast in history and will save many lives worldwide, people […]

Ironic: Using viruses to fight coronavirus

Katharina Hoffmann
In addition to mRNA vaccines, another type of vaccine is employed against COVID-19: Vector vaccines—like the one from AstraZeneca—contain a mostly functioning virus. But how do they work exactly? What are their strengths and weaknesses? And finally, are they safe? The novel mRNA vaccines against SARS-CoV-2 have caused some controversy, and many concerns have been […]
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