Carola was born and raised in the small town of Cham, Germany. During her education, she spent one year in the US for a high school stay and finished school with the Abitur in 2004. First enrolled at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and later at the University of Leipzig, she studied Biology and obtained her Diplom at the end of 2009. After completion of her diploma thesis “Chemotaxis in the ciliate Tetrahymena pyriformis towards potential signal substances: Establishment of a standardized assay and transcriptome analysis” at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ in Leipzig, Department of Environmental Microbiology, she continued working in the group as a Research Assistant. In this position, she conducted the second field study campaign for the award winning ARSOlux® (biosensor for arsenic in drinking water) in Bangladesh. Before moving to Switzerland, she spent over three months travelling through southern Africa as a backpacker.
Since mid-August 2011, she has been a PhD student at AMI in the BioNanomaterials group of Prof. Barbara Rothen-Rutishauser and Prof. Alke Petri-Fink working in the field of Nanotoxicology.