Nina Sausgruber, PhD

Genetics Laboratory Manager

(2018 – present) Nina grew up in Germany and was always passionate about animals (especially cats and horses), nature, and exploring foreign countries and cultures. After a travelling around the world during her gap year, she completed her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Biotechnology in an international study track allowing her to gain work and research experience in Australia, America and Singapore. In 2002 she traveled to Southern Africa for the first time and over the years periodically returned to Africa to participate in wildlife conservation volunteering programs. She wanted to learn more about the African bush and conservation and got trained as a Safari Guide (FGASA level 1) and Back-up Trails Guide (2nd rifle) and completed a course on Wildlife management in 2017.

Nina obtained her doctoral degree in Cell Biology from the University of Basel in Switzerland and has over 10 years of research experience in academia and industry in various positions.

In June 2018 the opportunity to work for CCF arose and Nina is currently acting as the Manager of the CCF Conservation Genetics Laboratory. She enjoys being able to use her people and project management experience as well as her scientific background to enhance our knowledge about cheetah and carnivore genetics ultimately enabling us to protect them better.