Already at a young age Verena discovered her interest in natural science. Astronomy and animals were – and still are – her passion. In high school she got fascinated with chemistry and decided to study chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Graz. Chemistry is her Yin, art her Yang. During high school she did several internships at one of Styria’s largest advertising agencies, where she first got in touch with professional graphic design. During her PhD and postdoc time, she had the chance to continue doing graphical work in form of journal covers or conference contributions (posters or presentations). She sees scientific design as the perfect combination for her satisfying both her creative as well as her analytical site.

Verena started her scientific illustrator journey as a freelancer in 2016. Currently Verena works as a visual communicator at the TechBio company Innophore.

University Education

2002–2008 // Studies in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Graz. Graduated (M. Sc.) in the field of biocatalysis.

2008–2011 // PhD-thesis at the University of Graz. Graduated with distinction (Ph.D., December 2011)

2012 // Post-Doc at ACIB (Austrian Centre of Industrial Biotechnology)

2012–2014 // Post-Doc at Delft University of Technology (The Netherlands) with an Erwin-Schrödinger Fellowship (granted by the Austrian science fund)

2014–2016 // Post-Doc at the University of Graz

Graphic Design Education

2000–2005 // Intern at Hartinger Consulting Werbeagentur GmbH (graphic design)

2015–2016 // Extra-occupational training (evening school) in graphic & communication design at the bfi (Berufsförderungsinstitut): graduate graphic designer