What this blog is about

Hi, I am Sarah and I decided to dive into the big world of bacteria when I sat in my very first microbiology lecture at university. I was intrigued by the fact that those tiny organisms are able to completely knock us out – us super humans that are so biologically advanced – and survive in the strangest corners of the planet like volcanoes, the deep sea…

So I decided to pursue the first step of a research career and do a PhD in microbiology and I studied how bacteria compete and kill each other. Throughout the last four years, whenever I told people what I was doing, I either got this reaction:

  • Are you going a bit crazy sometimes because of all the bacteria around us?
    • No, usually I try not to think about it. However, my friends would agree that I do urge them a bit annoyingly to wash their hands after they just petted a stray cat ๐Ÿ˜‰

or some friends, flatmates or family members would be like:

  • Could you explain what you are doing in a way I can actually understand?
    • Yes, I would love to… *dives into this long explanation with big eyes* Every time I got asked that, I tried to come up with some analogies or illustrative concepts to share my excitement about those little bugs. My explanations got better and some people actually got excited – some will just never understand… ๐Ÿ˜ฆ One day one of my closest friend was actually able to explain someone else what I was doing (we went out for dinner and I just stuffed my mouth when I was asked so my friend jumped in for me). I could not have been prouder of both her for actually remembering all of that and of myself for apparently having explained it well enough for her to recall!

So I decided to give it a try and write this blog. I would like to share my excitement about bacteria and for people to learn and appreciate these little bugs!

So stay tuned for articles about the bacterial world which will likely be motivated by exciting research that I heard or read about or whenever someone comes up with an interesting question. I will try to write these articles in an easy to follow and interesting fashion with some illustrations or drawings to help the understanding. However, I am truly grateful for any comments or questions if anything is unclear or requires more explanations…

Let’s get this party started! ๐Ÿ™‚

to stay up to date with new articles, follow me on social media and subscribe to the blog (button on the right)!

Twitter DrBommel

Instagram bacteriabommel

Facebook BacteriaBommel

I was interviewed at the FEMS2019 about my fascination for bacteria and my microbial hero. Have a look at the video to find out the answers ๐Ÿ™‚

some feedback received so far: