Already in childhood, questioning ‘’WHY?’’ was Monika’s favorite activity. Willing to know the answer and having constant feelings for nature brought her to do a PhD in molecular biology. While doing research, she realized that new discoveries are made every day. However, more important is what these discoveries will lead to and how they will impact our life. To address this, Monika sees a crucial role in communicating and spreading the information among the others, following her belief that a good life is the one inspired by love and guided by knowledge.
Monika is the editor of 5 Breaks:
Are planets with oxygen-rich atmospheres rare?
Oxygen is a life-sustaining element that makes up about twenty percent of the air we breathe. Our research suggests that the stepwise rise of O2 in our atmosphere is easily explainable through simple chemical reactions, suggesting that breathable atmospheres may be relatively commonplace.Aug 11, 2020 | 3 min read
How robots can learn to grasp from humans
Teaching robots to handle objects gracefully and effortlessly like humans has remained a great challenge in robotics. We built new tools to understand the human grasp in detail, in hopes of shaping the next generation of robots and prosthesis.May 22, 2020 | 3.5 min read
What our blood can tell us about the bugs in our gut
The microbes in our gut are important to our health, but we do not yet know how to tell if a particular mix of microbes is "healthy". We have found that a small group of molecules present in our blood reflects which kind of microbes live in our gut. This discovery may help in clinical practice to monitor how healthy our gut's tenants are.Feb 26, 2020 | 3.5 min read
A special delivery for malaria-transmitting mosquitoes
Female mosquitoes pass on malaria parasites that infect hundreds of millions of people each year. Despite the progress we have made to prevent this disease, chemical insecticides are not as effective as they used to be. To fight against this life-threatening disease, we have developed a fungus that effectively kills wild-caught mosquitoes and hampers their reproduction.Dec 18, 2019 | 3.5 min read
High-temperature tea and esophageal cancer
We measured tea drinking temperatures of over 50,000 people and followed up with them over a time span of 10 years. In our study, drinking tea at temperatures above 60°C was associated with an increased risk of developing esophageal cancer.Oct 1, 2019 | 3.5 min read