Who I am

My name is Anne Morbach. I am a biologist who dabbled in different fields – structural biology, membrane fusion, developmental biology and Drosophila genetics. The latter two accompanied me through my Ph.D. For more detailed information, feel free to consult the short CV at the bottom of this page.

I always loved giving talks. The entire process, from drafting an outline to making the perfect figures, gives me great pleasure. My presentations have always earned praise.

Naturally, the more proficient I became, the more critically I looked at other peoples‘ talks. During the years I collected a catalogue of common mistakes in presentations and developed tactics on how to avoid them.

Another thing I enjoy very much is graphic design. My illustrations and animations are driven by the ambition to make a complex scientific concept understandable to any given target audience. Since I take as many opportunities as I can to talk about science, my audiences were and are very diverse: my labmates and scientists from other fields, but also schoolchildren, young adults, laypeople and senior citizens.

I made a career out of helping people with their presentations, illustrations and posters – individually or as a group.


February 2016 – December 2016 Public Relations Office, Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen, Germany
April 2012 –
April 2016
Ph.D. in developmental biology and genetics of Drosophila melanogaster: cell polarity and cell adhesion during coordinated tissue migration, lab of Eli Knust, Max Planck Institute for Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, Dresden, Germany
July 2011 –
April 2012
Project in membrane fusion of vesicles via SNARE complexes, lab of Marino Zerial, Max Planck Institute for Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, Dresden, Germany
July 2010 – December 2010 Project in structural biology of human Polo-like kinase 1, lab of Richard Bayliss, The Institute of Cancer Research, London, UK
October 2005 – April 2011 Studying biology, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Halle/ Saale, Germany
Major: Microbiology
Minors: Plant pathology, plant genetics, geology