Andrea Krumm

June 08, 2020

In conjunction with our 30th company anniversary, we invite you all backstage and introduce the people behind our microplate readers. Today: A Baltic Sea native that moved the whole way down to the opposite corner in Southwest Germany. Get to know more about our musician and application specialist Andrea!

My name is Andrea. I have been working with BMG LABTECH as Applications Specialist for approximately four years. I originally studied biotechnology and did then some laboratory automation work. After that, I got the opportunity to do research and a PhD in the field of cancer biology, DNA damage and DNA repair. I joined BMG LABTECH directly after my PhD. 

 

What does your job entail?

As an Applications Specialist, I deal with everything related to assays and applications. Everything our customers do or potentially want to do with our readers. This goes from answering questions on assays customers would like to do, to suggesting problem-solving assays, to providing the optimal settings to read specific assays. Furthermore, all this information helps me identify interesting topics that are then covered up by our marketing activities, such as application notes, blog posts etc. And last but not least, I take this information and think of improvements we could do on our readers. May it be on the hardware or software side, simply to make work in the laboratory easier.

What is a typical day like?
A typical day actually does not exist as such. Typically, I answer questions from customers or coming in internally. Something which is included in every day, I would say is, to laugh at stupid jokes with my office mate makes. … Hallo Wladislaw.

 

What is a common question you get from customers?
“Where do these strange results come from?”. I love to answer those questions…Actually, there are no strange results. They may be different from what you have expected, but … we will find out why together with you.

 

What do you like most about your job?
It’s probably the diversity, as I have to deal with customers, and the sales, marketing and R&D teams. But at the end it all comes together. The feedback we get from customers is discussed by all of the teams. It’s all intertwined and all coming together at the end in a hopefully good product that helps customers to reach their goals or answer their biological questions.


What do you like most about BMG LABTECH?
BMG LABTECH as a company really tries to make work as pleasant as possible. It starts with the employees who are always available to talk to. It goes on with the very good coffee here at headquarters. We have large office rooms that we share with maximum one other person and not to forget the food we get each day. Very nice!


What is your biggest challenge at BMG LABTECH?
One challenge I think is to not forget the big picture. Single customer requests or experiments you do in the lab all come together in a bigger picture. Every single project is only one part of a puzzle. The challenge is to always think about where a project fits into the puzzle, the result of which hopefully is good instruments.


What do you like to do when you aren’t working?
When I am not working I love to play the saxophone. I play jazz in a big band. I am very happy I found a big band here, where I can play. Apart from that, I do everything which is enjoyable and there are so many things starting from chocolate, good wine, good food, good music, so I love to do all of that.


What is a fun fact about you many people may not know?
Actually, some people here do know but most probably don’t, they might have noticed though… In 2015 I think it was I won a bad joke contest. And I’m proud of it!


What are the values that drive you?
I always like to be authentic and I hope this works. I like to be reliable, so if you ask me and I say „OK, I’m going to do that“, I really try to do that. And last but not least, improvement is something.


What’s your favourite place in the world?
I have not seen all places in the world but of those I have seen it is the beaches at the Baltic Sea where I come from and where I have grown up.


Who would you most like to swap places with for a day?
This would very likely be my former me as a child or any child. Basically, just to see what it is like to be carefree again.


Which individual, living or dead, would you like to eat dinner with?
This would be someone I can get information from how to really play the saxophone. So, it would be one of my saxophone idols, Michael Brecker, who passed away some years ago.


What drives you every day?
It’s probably a lot of chocolate, lunch at our cafeteria and improvement, continuous improvement. Because, I don’t like to stick to one level. You can always be better.


What’s the best advice you have ever been given?
There is probably not an advice that had the biggest impact on me, but there were some people I met through my life who said „You will never do that!“ and this is always the time for me to say „Well, wait! I’m going to show you!“

 

  • Beer or wine? It used to be beer, but since I live in the Black Forest I cannot decide anymore.
  • Cereal or toast? Toast
  • Fruit or veggies? Fruit
  • Pop or Indie? Indie
  • Summer or winter? Autumn
  • Soccer or tennis? Football … :D
  • Coffee or tea? Coffee!!!
  • Chocolate or vanilla? Oh, that’s easy … Chocolate!
  • Call or text? Text
  • PC or Mac? PC
  • Facebook or Instagram? Facebook