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Alexandra Damerau

Affiliation: Doctoral candidate, AG Buttgereit (Glucocorticoids and Bioenergetics), Department of Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin

Alexandra is a biotechnologist and works in the group of Prof. Buttgereit at the Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin. Currently, her research focuses on the development of a multicomponent human in vitro 3D joint model to gain deeper insights into the underlying mechanisms of musculoskeletal disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis. She is interested in tissue engineering approaches as an alternative method and to improve translational research. Beyond musculoskeletal research, she studied quality management at the Beuth University of Applied Science and supports workshops to promote interactive teamwork and discussions of current approaches and limitations regarding the 3Rs (Refine, Reduce, Replace).


Joachim Fuchs

Affiliation: Doctoral candidate, AG Eickholt (Signaling Mechanisms in Brain Development and Disease), Institute for Biochemistry, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin

Joachim is a cell biologist and neuroscientist studying how neurons end up as complex and branched during development. When not examining neurons under the microscope, he tries to make it easier for people to do good science by introducing them to tools or translating research improvement concepts into common language.

Joachim Fuchs on researchgate

Deetje Iggena, MD

Affiliation: Postdoctoral researcher, AG Ploner (Brain & Behavior), Department of Neurology, Charité - Universitätsmedizin, Postdoctoral researcher, AG Finke (Cognition in Neurological Disorders), Berlin School of Mind and Brain, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Deetje is a neuroscientist and neurologist in training at the Charité-Universitätsmedizin and Berlin School of Mind and Brain. For her doctoral thesis, she examined how lifestyle-interventions modulate hippocampal neurogenesis and spatial memory in adult mice. Her current research focusses on spatial memory consolidation in humans with (temporary) hippocampal dysfunction using VR and real-life experimental settings as well as imaging methods like resting-state-fMRI. Beyond memory research, she is interested in digital health interventions and study medical computer science as part-time-student at the Beuth-Hochschule.

Gabriel Janach

Affiliation: MD/PhD candidate, AG Strauß (Ionic Current Development), Institute of Cell Biology and Neurobiology, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin

Gabriel is working in neuroimmunology and epilepsy research at the group of Prof. Ulf Strauß parallel to his medical studies, trying to understand how the cytokine interferon-γ impacts brain function. He is interested in public health, emergency medicine and improving translational research.

Gabriel Janach on researchgate

Christine Knoll

Affiliation: Junior Doctor and doctoral candidate, Clinic for Pediatrics and Endocrinology/Diabetology, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin

Christine is a medical doctor and doctoral candidate at Charité with a huge interest in pediatrics and endocrinology as well as in topics such as the influence of modern media on medicine, digital innovation and patient-centred design. Her work in the OPEN Project, which brings together an international and cross-sectoral consortium of patient innovators, clinicians, social scientists, computer scientists and patient organisations to investigate various aspects of Do-it-Yourself Artificial Pancreas Systems (DIY APS), enables her to pursue this interest.

Christina Knoll on researchgate

Hung Lo

Affiliation: Doctoral candidate, AG Johenning/AG Schmitz (Synaptic Transmission and Plasticity), Neuroscience Research Center, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin

Hung is a PhD fellow working in the labs of Friedrich Johenning & Dietmar Schmitz at Charité. He wants to know why it’s so difficult to stop binge eating, so he uses some advanced microscope techniques to study a nutritional behavioural paradigm in mice. He likes to spend his free time on improving the scientific world, and he also joined several initiatives like eLife ambassadors and Dragonfly mental health to support changing the research environment to be more rigorous and inclusive.


Evelyn Medawar

Affiliation: Doctoral candidate, AG Villringer/AG Park, Berlin Berlin School of Mind and Brain, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin & Department of Cognitive Neurology, Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig

Evelyn is a biologist and neuroscientist by training with the quest to deepening our understanding of human behaviour from a biological perspective. In her PhD project in the working group of PD Dr. Veronica Witte (MPI CBS, Dept. Neurology) She is investigating food-decision making and its connection to the gut-brain-axis in humans with a focus on plant-based diets. Other activities in the academic world are the coordination of the Max Planck Sustainability Network and the Mental Health Collective of the Max Planck Society. Both initiatives aim to making academia more sustainable for the individual and for the environment.

Evelyn Medawar on researchgate

Marta Oliveira

Affiliation: Doctoral candidate, AG Gerhardt (Integrative Vascular Biology), Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine

Marta is a PhD researcher studying how blood vessels form during embryonic development, and the role of the microtubule dynamics and detyrosination in this process. She works with zebrafish, as they are transparent and easy to image, and their blood vessels are comparable to humans. Marta is passionate about transforming the academic environment into a kinder, inclusive and exciting place to work that allows for everyone to be who they want to. She collaborates with Dragonfly mental health to improve mental health of scientists worldwide as well as working locally against power abuse by designing policies to combat it.


Daniel Parthier

Affiliation: Doctoral candidate, AG Schmitz (Synaptic Transmission and Plasticity), Neuroscience Research Center, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin

Daniel is a PhD student in the Schmitz-Lab working on long-range connectivity in the brain to understand how regions communicate information used in navigation. He is interested in making science reproducible and wants to give everyone the same chance of achieving it without panic and with the right tools.


Constantin Yves Plessen

Affiliation: Research assistant, AG Fischer (Psychometry and Health Outcomes Research), Clinic for Psychosomatic Medicine, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin

Constantin Yves is a psychologist interested in psychometrics, research synthesis, open science, and digital health interventions. He works as a research assistant at the AG Psychometrics and Health Outcomes Research under the supervision of Felix Fischer investigating health-related quality of life, computer adaptive tests, and ways to improve digital sovereignty of patients. He is also a doctoral candidate at VU Amsterdam conducting research synthesis and meta-research on digital health interventions with Pim Cuijpers and Eirini Karyotaki.

Constantin Yves Plessen on researchgate

Andrea Salazar Lázaro

Affiliation: Doctoral candidate, AG Rosenmund (Molecular Mechanisms of Synaptic Transmission), Institute for Neurophysiology, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin

Andrea is a PhD student working on how the molecular vesicle release machinery manages to fuse synaptic vesicles propagate neuronal signals and communication. She also works on bettering interpersonal aspects of academia, such as the communication between student and mentor, creating an open space for students to share their experiences, offering support to each other, or creating awareness on issues such as mental health, power abuse or discrimination. Currently, she does this through the Charité PhD-Net platform, composed of other PhD students sharing similar interests and concerns.

Philipp van Kronenberg

Affiliation: Doctoral candidate, AG de Hoz (Sensory Gating and Subcortico-cortical Interactions), Neuroscience Research Center, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin

Philipp is a PhD student interested in the processing of meaningful and neutral sounds during sleep. He is using a conditioning paradigm together with EEG/EMG recordings in mice. Additionally he is interested in improving science and the structures supporting science. Hence, he is a member of the PhDnet of the Charité and part of the Meta-research course organized by the Berlin University Alliance.