The development of an embryo into a full-grown insect is a delicate process and a lot can go wrong on the way. Usually it doesn’t, but when it does, it can open up fascinating new lines of research. This happened to Kristen Panfilio when one of her experiments did absolutely not go as planned. The result were “necrotic zombies”, as she dutifully noted in her lab book. And they keep her busy to this day.
This interview is part of the series “Significant Details – Conversations with Women in Science”, where we talked with twelve female scientists from many different fields about their work and their life in science.