Vera completed by bachelor degree in Biology at the University of Tübingen. Since her bachelor’s thesis – a functional analysis of polymorphisms in the Interleukin 2 promotor region - at the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Tübingen her academic vitae has evolved around neglected tropical diseases. She focused on parasitology and infectious diseases during her master studies in Biology at the University of Hamburg and completed her master’s thesis at the Bernhard-Nocht-Institute of Tropical Medicine in Hamburg. For her master’s thesis Vera conducted research on the membraneproteom of Entamoeba histolytica and possible membrane-bound pathogenicity factors. During that time she completed an Internship at the Médecins Sans Frontières’ Access Campaign where she lobbied for more political support for research in this field.
After her master’s degree she spend 1,5 years in Gabon managing the Parasitology Laboratory of the Centre de Recherches Médicales de Lambaréné (CERMEL). Here Vera coordinated and took part in a team that supports clinical trials by performing routine diagnosis of helminth infections and she set up a molecular diagnostic unit. Alongside she performed studies on accuracy and applicability of the diagnostic methods.