Student Spotlight











What initially attracted you to biophysics?

The fact that our perception, reflexes, and thinking are based greatly on the brain’s electricity made me curious about the excitability of organisms. To be able to see electric currents in a living cell gave rise to my interest in membrane physiology and ion channels.

What specific areas are you studying?

Regulation of the epithelial sodium channel (ENaC) subunit δ.

What is your current research project?

With two-electrode-voltage-clamp and confocal microscopy we characterize isoform specific properties between δ1 and δ2, and underlying
mechanisms to regulate these channels.

What do you hope to do after graduation?

I’d like to be a good scientist and stay in investigation, but at this stage I wouldn’t preclude other options. The purpose is to work on something I am interested in.

If you could give one piece of advice to someone just starting their undergraduate science career, what would it be?

The one that I was told when I just started: one is not studying alone. Build a group and make teamwork. It is more fun and also more efficient, when you can communicate questions, doubts, and also knowledge with other persons. If you share information you get more different
points of view and further insights into a particular topic—and friends.

Why did you join the Biophysical Society?

The Biophysical Society offers an excellent platform to exchange ideas and results, with lots of possibilities to get informed and to grow in science.

What (or who) inspires you scientifically?

Curiosity to understand things. Sometimes you can predict the result of an experiment and other times it’s distinct from the expected one. Then we can argue and find new ways to elaborate ideas. I appreciate work of other groups: While reading it happens a lot that I get new insights and can combine them with our results or get another idea to approach the resolution of a problem. Hopefully, we can contribute with this work to the higher aim to cure or relieve diseases.

Teresa Giraldez, Wesch’s PI, says:

“If I have to define Diana, I would say she is a hard, thorough, competitive, and strong-minded scientist. She was brave enough to come from Germany to Spain to do her PhD in our small starting-up lab where she is doing a fantastic job, which will be wrapped up with a European Doctorate by the end of this year. During the last three years in our lab, she’s been a visiting student at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland and at the Max Plank Institute in Goettingen, Germany. She’s a good example that, in search for knowledge, the world (and over the whole scientific world) has no limits!”