I come from Lithuania, where I’ve started my studies in Molecular Biology. Since my bachelors in Vilnius University, I’ve been entranced by microorganisms and how the molecular mechanisms inside the cell allow them to engage the environment. During my Bachelors, I worked on a CRISPR-Cas9 system, seeing what components are recquired to defend the cells against ivading DNA, like bacteriophages. During my Master’s degree studies in Lund University, Sweden, I was involved in a project on DivIVA, a protein essential for regulating growth of a filamentous bacterium, Streptomyces coelicolor. The project involved testing how phosphorylation of DivIVA affects its oligomeric state, and coming up with ways to test preference to negative membrane curvature. Figuring out how basic microbial processes, which may mean life or death to the organism, work on a molecular level is deeply satisfying. Currently, structural biology and biophysical methods seem like a good way to figure them out.