During my PhD in Elena Levashina’s lab at the Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology, I worked with Anopheles mosquitoes to answer why these are such good vectors of the malaria parasite. In this context, I identified a mosquito miRNA that affects mosquito reproduction and parasite development by balancing the mosquito metabolism. The latter sparked my interest in metabolism of healthy and stressed physiological systems, which I decided to further pursue in the model organism Drosophila. In 2018, I joined Alex’s lab to follow my interest in metabolism and physiology. During my postdoc, I will focus on the mechanism of developmental diet-mediated changes in adult physiology and life traits.