Theresa made her baby steps in science at the University of Innsbruck, where she studied Biology with a special focus on Molecular Biology. There, she was awarded a Bachelor's degree in early 2010 after handing in a thesis on the establishment of a genetically encoded Calcium indicator (GECI) for monitoring beta-cell activity in live zebrafish larvae.
In fall 2010 she started a Master's degree in Molecular Medicine at Trinity College Dublin which she completed in 2011 with a thesis on membrane-assciated guanylate kinases (MAGIs) in neurogenesis and neurodevelopmental disorders, a research project she carried out in Lars Olson's Lab at Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm.
From 2013 to 2020 she was a research associate and PhD student in Wolfgang Driever's lab at the University of Freiburg where she worked on the transcriptional control in neuronal differentiation. She was awarded the PhD in March 2020 with the highest possible grade (summa cum laude).
Since March 2020 she continues to work part-time (50%) in Wolfgang Driever's lab, where she contiues to do research in zebrafish neurodevelopmental genetics and is involved in teaching Biology students at undergraduate and graduate levels. In parallel, she works part-time (50%) for the research group of Ekkehard Lausch at the pediatric genetics department of the University Medical Center Freiburg, where she works on genetic causes of skeletal malformations.