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Photo credits: Petra Tauscher

Photo credits: Petra Tauscher

“For me scientists are people who are questioning everything, and who try to figure out why things are the way they are! It does not matter whether these are biological, physical, chemical, or whatever questions. I question everything! I want to become a scientist!“

HiSScience BasementNov2017
Photo credits: Erika Palmerio

Photo credits: Erika Palmerio

“I really enjoy what I do. I study the causes of eruptions from the Sun, so I’m trying to find answers to questions that have important applications here on Earth.”

HiSScience BasementHiS, Nov2017
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"Two years ago I started my PhD in the Physics department. From labs to field, I play around with the mass spectrometers in order to measure what is in the air. You know, this specific smell that you get in the forests is coming from a molecule called alpha-pinene. When emitted from the trees, this molecule gets oxidized and produces other molecules that are found to play a role in the formation of new particles in the atmosphere. We had no clue about this just 10 years ago!  So after all, through physics and chemistry, it becomes all about climate! In few weeks I will leave to the Antarctica peninsula to see what triggers the formation of new particles in this very pristine region of the globe. I am quite excited for this new scientific adventure and I crave to put my feet on this continent! Wish me luck!"

HiSScience BasementOct2017
Photo credits: Yongmei Gong

Photo credits: Yongmei Gong

"When I first arrived in Switzerland to pursue a Master's degree 11 years ago, I thought 'Just get the degree and go back to China'. Now I'm in the northern capital with my French husband and lovely daughters, and you see how life is full of surprises. That's the same as in doing science, the same as in child-caring. That's why I love them. My life is definitely not the easiest one, but less boring."

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