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Educating a New Generation of Future Researchers

Multiscale integrative research performed by MBExC scientists offers unique opportunities for the interdisciplinary training of early career researchers coming from a basic science or medical background. The Hertha Sponer College targets particularly talented students and early career researchers interested in further personalized research training and career advice to spark and foster enthusiasm for research at the boundary of the natural sciences and biomedicine. The overall aim is to promote cutting-edge, interdisciplinary early career researchers on their way to independence, to thus educate a new generation of future research leaders.
College Members


The Hertha Sponer College aims on promoting students and early career researchers who intend to pursue an academic career at the interface of the natural sciences and biomedicine. The College program is based on the specific training needs of students, young scientists and clinicians at various stages of their career. Training measures are designed to promote the scientific and personal development, networking among collegians, with PIs, and the community. To foster early independence, specific fellowships are available for research-oriented Clinician Scientists and for postdoctoral Junior Fellows.
The Hertha Sponer College offers two career development tracks: The basic scientist track is dedicated to excellent students as well as early career researchers of the natural and life sciences interested in quantitative, interdisciplinary research. The clinician scientist track promotes excellent medical students and residents by providing a framework that supports them in combining clinical training and practice with research within the scope of MBExC. The educational concept complements existing programs for structured education available on the Göttingen Campus.

Hertha Sponer (1895–1968)

The Hertha Sponer College was named after the German physicist Hertha Sponer (1895-1968), who came from Neisse, Upper Silesia (in present-day Poland). She was, along with Lise Meitner, Emmy Noether and Hedwig Kohn, among the first physicists Germany. In the early 20th century, a scientific career was still unusual and difficult for women. For example, Lise Meitner was only allowed to enter the Chemical Institute in Berlin through the back entrance. Hertha Sponer, after studying physics in Tübingen and Göttingen, was one of the first females to become a professor at a German university. She left Göttingen under the repressive regime of the National Socialists (Nazis) and moved to the US, to work at Duke University. In American exile, she married her former Göttingen mentor James Franck, who, like many other colleagues, also emigrated. Sponer's research in the field of physical chemistry and molecular spectroscopy resulted in numerous scientific publications.


The Hertha Sponer College Board operates the selection of collegians, and promotes the constant development of the high-quality college program supported by the Hertha Sponer College coordinator.

Board Members:

Prof. Dr. Claudia Steinem (Head) Uni-Chem
Prof. Dr. Stephan E. Lehnart (Deputy) UMG
Prof. Dr. Axel Munk, Uni-Math
Prof. Dr. Christine Stadelmann-Nessler, UMG


Alexandra Busley (cand. PhD) UMG
Marie-Kristin Schreiber (cand. PhD) UMG

College Members

Hertha Sponer Collegians (in alphabetical order):
Abdelrasol, Hebatallah (cand. PhD) UMG
Ahrend, Jan (cand. M.Sc.) UMG
Blob, Anna (cand. PhD) Uni-Phys
Denks, Dr. Kärt (Postdoc) MPI-BPC
Eckermann, Marina (cand. PhD) Uni-Phys
Fakuade, Dr. Funsho (Postdoc) UMG
Hansen, Lars Henning (cand. M.Sc.) MP School Matter-to-Life
Hojas Garcia-Plaza, Inés (cand. PhD) MPI-EM
Hümmert, Sophie (cand. M.Sc.) MPI-EM
Jaime Tobon, Dr. Lina Maria (postdoc) MPI-BPC/UMG
Karagulyan, Nare (cand. PhD) UMG
Lorenz, Charlotta (cand. PhD) Uni-Phys
Marx, Tabea Lilian (MD student) UMG/MPI-BPC
Mittring, Artur (MD student) UMG
Mueller, Anika (cand. M.Sc.) UMG
Quilitz, Tabea (cand. M.Sc.) UMG
Pires dos Santos, Patrícia (cand. PhD) UMG
Rubik, Nina (MD student) UMG
Sathyan, Arun (cand. PhD) UMG
Schaeper, Jannis (cand. PhD) Uni-Phys
Schmidt, Dr. med. Julia (Clinician) UMG
Schmiedeknecht, Max (MD-student) UMG
Schmoll, Kea (cand. PhD) UMG
Schneider, Lennart (cand. PhD) UMG
Schwenzer, Niko (cand. PhD) UMG
Teiwes, Nikolas (cand. PhD) Uni-Chem
Thomas, MD, Dr. Carolina (Clinican) UMG
Ventzke, Roman David (cand. B.Sc.) Uni-Maths
Wolf, Dr. Bettina (Postdoc) UMG
Wrobel, Dr. med. Christian (Physician) UMG

HSC Fellowships (in alphabetical order):
Engeholm, Dr. Maik (Clinician Scientist) MPI-BPC
Gregor, Dr. Carola (Junior Fellow) IFNANO
Huet, Dr. Antoine (Junior Fellow) UMG
Preobraschenski, Dr. Julia (Junior Fellow) UMG
Zerche, Dr. Maria (Clinician Scientist) UMG

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