Career Talk with Successful Women Scientists


Prof. Dr. Charo Robles
Institute of Medical Psychology
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

April 9, 2019
CBBM Building, 4F, Roof Library Lounge


PD Dr. Kerstin Stemmer
Head of Division of Pharmacology and Toxicology
Institute for Diabetes and Obesity (IDO)
Helmholtz Zentrum München

January 29, 2019
CBBM Building, 4F, Roof Library Lounge


Yolanda Diz-Chaves, PhD
Center of Biomedical Research 
University of Vigo 

25 September 2018
3:30-4:45 pm
CBBM Building, 4F, Roof Library Lounge

Yolanda Diz-Chaves began her scientific career in 1997, at the laboratory of Endocrine Physiology, in the Functional Biology and Health Sciences Department, at the University of Vigo in Spain. In that laboratory she did her Master of Sciences (1997‐1999) and her Doctoral Thesis (1999‐2003). From 2003 to 2005, she completed her postdoctoral training at the Victor Ségalen Bordeaux 2 University (France) for working in the Laboratory of “Homéostasie‐Allostasie‐Pathologie” studying the relation between stress an obesity.

From 2005‐2013, she worked at the Laboratory of Neuroactive Steroids, at the Cajal Institute (CSIC) in Madrid. She was funded by the European Project "EWA: Estrogens and Women Aging" (May 2006‐April 2008), obtaining the contract for the incorporation of researchers (JAE, doctors; CSIC, co‐financed by European Social Fund). During this period she studied the neuroprotective effects of neurosteroids in animal models of neuroinflammation as the prenatal stress model.

From 2014‐present, she has been working as Postdoctoral Senior Researcher in the Laboratory of Endocrinology (Center of Biomedical Research (CINBIO), University of Vigo). Since 2017 she obtained the contract for emergent researcher in CINBIO funded by Xunta de Galicia. She studies the extrapancreatic effects of GLP-1 in the regulation of metabolism and the neuroprotective effects in a prenatal stress model of diabesity.

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Liad Mudrik, PhD
School of Psychological Sciences / Sagol School of Neuroscience
Tel Aviv University

21 July 2017
1:30-2:30 pm
CBBM Building, 4F, Roof Library Lounge

Dr. Mudrik started her academic career as student of the interdisciplinary program for outstanding students. She completed two Ph.D. dissertations at Tel Aviv University: her Ph.D. in cognitive neuroscience (psychology department) focused on the role of consciousness and attention in processing contextual violations, under the guidance of Prof. Dominique Lamy and Prof. Leon Deouell from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her Ph.D. in philosophy was a descriptive-deconstructive analysis of the mind-body problem in neuroscience under the supervision of Prof. Marcelo Dascal. She then continued to a postdoctoral fellowship at the California Institute of Technology. There, she worked in the lab of Prof. Christof Koch in the division of biology, and in the lab of Prof. Ralph Adolphs in the division of humanities and social sciences. In 2015, she began her appointment as a faculty member in Tel Aviv University’s school of psychological science and the Sagol school of neuroscience.

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Prof. Charlotte Ling, PhD
Head of Research Unit Epigenetics and Diabetes
Department of Clinical Sciences 
Lund University Diabetes Center

20 June 2017
3:00-4:30 pm
CBBM Building, 4F, Roof Library Lounge

Dr. Charlotte Ling is a Professor at Lund University and a principle investigator of the Epigenetics and Diabetes Unit at Lund University Diabetes Centre (LUDC), Sweden. She obtained her PhD in Endocrinology at University of Gothenburg, Sweden in 2002. After a postdoc at Lund University, where she studied genetics of type 2 diabetes, she dedicated her research to the study of epigenetic mechanisms causing type 2 diabetes and metabolic disease. Her research group has pioneered the field of epigenetics in type 2 diabetes. They have made several groundbreaking discoveries such as genome-wide epigenetic modifications in pancreatic islets, skeletal muscle, adipose tissue and the liver from patients with type 2 diabetes compared with non-diabetic control subjects. Dr. Ling’s research group has also shown that genetic and non-genetic factors such as SNPs, exercise, diet, obesity and age alter the genome-wide epigenetic pattern in human primary tissues for type 2 diabetes. Dr. Ling is frequently invited to write review papers and book chapters and to give lectures (e.g. ADA, IDF, Keystone and Endocrine Society) on the topic ‘Epigenetics in Type 2 Diabetes’. Dr. Ling has been awarded research grants from numerous national and international foundations including the Swedish Research Council, Novo Nordisk Excellence award, EFSD-Lilly, Söderberg’s foundation and the European Commission (H2020). 

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Prof. Dr. Ileana Hanganu-Opatz
Developmental Neurophysiology
University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf

11 April 2017
3:00-4:30 pm
CBBM Building, 4F, Roof Library Lounge

Ileana Hanganu-Opatz studied Biology and Biochemistry in Bucharest and received her doctoral degree from University of Düsseldorf in 2002. After two postdoctoral trainings in Mainz (2002-2005) at the Institute of Physiology and in Marseille (2005-2006) at INMED INSERM, she became senior researcher (2007-2008) and completed her Habilitation in 2009 at the University of Mainz. Since 2008 she is BMBF Fellow in the Center of Molecular Neurobiology at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE). Since 2009 she is Emmy-Noether Fellow in the same Center. In 2010 she was appointed Assistant Professor of Physiology in the Center of Molecular Neurobiology at UKE.

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Dr. Violetta Pilorz
Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences
University of Oxford, UK

February 18, 2016
2:00-3:30 pm
CBBM Building, 2F, Room 69

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"The road to a university professor"

Prof. Dr. Ina Koch
Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main

May 8, 2015
9:00-10:30 am
Social Room, Ground Floor, Geb.64

Prof. Ina Koch is currently Head of Department, Molecular Bioinformatics in the Institute of Computer Science at the Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main. On the road of a university professor Prof. Koch has worked as scientist and visiting scientist in the most prestigious research institutions in the world such as National Institute of Health, University of Princeton and Max-Planck-Institute for Molecular Genetics, Berlin. 

Prof. Koch studied Chemistry in Leipzig and obtained her doctoral degree in theoretical
computer science/bioinformatics from the Brandenburg Technical University of Cottbus.

Organizer: GRK1727

"My career path in scientific research"

Daniela Cota, M.D., 
NeuroCentre Magendie, France 

March 3, 2015
3:00-4:30 pm
Social Room, Ground Floor, Geb.64

Dr. Cota received her M.D. from University of Bologna in Italy and acquired the specialization in Endocrinology and Metabolic Disorders from the same university. In 2001 she accepted a postdoctoral fellowship at Max-Planck-Institute of Psychiatry in Munich. From 2004 to 2007 she expanded her independent research experience as postdoctoral fellow at University of Cincinnati in the USA. In 2008 she established her own research group "Energy balance and obesity" at Inserm U862, NeuroCentre Magendie, University of Bordeaux in France. One year later she was appointed the Deputy Director of NeuroCentre Magendie.


Note: Inserm stands for French National Institute of Health and Medical Research

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"Career opportunities for female scientists"
Prof. Andrea Tenner, University of California, Irvine, CA, USA

October 8, 2014
11-12 am
Seminar Room Karp/Cook, Ground Floor, Geb.64

This talk will focus on female scientists but is of course open for all researchers on Lübeck campus.

Given Prof. Tenner's extensive experience and numerous positions on the scientific scareer path, e.g. research at Scripps Institute and Research Foundation, La Jolla, California, at the NIH and at the American Red Cross Holland Laboratories in Rockville, Maryland; Professor of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, and Neurobiology and Behavior at the University of California, Irvine; Dean for Research at UCI; Section Editor of the Journal of Immunology, it will definitely be a quite interesting talk! Afterwards there will be a joint lunch in the cafeteria. 

Organizer: IRTG1911