Patricia Gerdes started her studies in Biology in 2009 at the Technische Universität Darmstadt in Germany and obtained a Bachelor of Science in 2013. Because of her interest in transposable elements, she performed her Master’s thesis on “L1 regulation in cancer and the mammalian germline” in the Faulkner Lab and graduated with a Master of Science in Technical Biology from the Technische Universität Darmstadt in 2015. Afterwards, she joined the Faulkner lab as a Research Assistant. During that time she presented her Master’s thesis work at the Lorne Genome Conference and won the Student Poster Prize. In July 2016, she started her PhD working on L1 mobilization and regulation in mammalian development as a holder of the International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (IPRS), Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) and Frank Clair Scholarship.