It is always about discovering new things
After studying biology in Hamburg and Prague, she graduated in Botanics and completed her Ph.D. at the University of Tübingen.
In 2006, Ulrike Gast started working for Eppendorf. Since then, she’s been helping customers with their questions regarding liquid handling products and workflows as well as giving trainings about correct pipetting or quality management. “I’m learning a lot from our customers and relay these insights to the R&D departments in order to improve our products corresponding to the users’ needs.”
Besides that, she has supported several Eppendorf pipette calibration services in their accreditation processes all over the world: She has been a member of the international technical committee of DKD, an official body for calibration solutions. “Some colleagues already call me La Pipetta,” she says, smiling. Currently, she is working on “some exciting liquid handling product launches. I cannot wait to see our customers’ opinion about these new solutions.”
Back to space: Astronaut researches with Eppendorf pipette
“In addition to my personal interest in research in space, Eppendorf AG also has a close connection to that topic,” Gast says. “When Alexander Gerst was working on the ISS, he twittered a picture of himself filling up a 96-well plate – using an Eppendorf air-cushion pipette.”
“That really was an exciting moment – to see our products used in space,” she says enthusiastically. “I mean, many of us have been working with these pipettes, tips and tubes since the time we were students. In a ‘wet lab,’ these are items that you employ every day. And now you see them being used in an environment that could not be any more different to ours – amazing!”