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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.
Vision & Community
Organization
College Members

Vision & Community

The Hertha Sponer College aims to promote students and early career researchers who intend to pursue an academic career at the interface of the natural sciences and biomedicine. The College's program is based on the specific training needs of students, early career 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). In the early 20th century, a scientific career was still unusual and difficult for women. Together with Lise Meitner, Emmy Noether and Hedwig Kohn she was among the first female physicists in Germany.
After studying physics in Tübingen and Göttingen, Hertha Sponer received her Ph.D. in physics at the University of Göttingen, and later was one of the first women to become a professor here. She left Göttingen under the repressive regime of the National Socialists and moved to the US, to work at the Duke University. In American exile, she married her former Göttingen mentor and nobel prize winner James Franck, who, like many other colleagues, also emigrated. The college was named after Hertha Sponer to honor her interdisciplinary work in physics and chemistry, which resulted in numerous scientific publications.

Organization

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.

HSC 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
HSC Representatives:
 
Coordinator:

Dr. Marie-Kristin Schreiber

(Postdoc) UMG

Yuna Werchner

(MD Student) UMG

 

Dr. Heike Conrad

HSC Coordinator &
Equal Opportunities Manager

College Members

Hertha Sponer Collegians (in alphabetical order):
Abdelrasol, Hebatallah (cand. Ph.D.) UMG

Hebatallah Abdelrasol

(cand. Ph.D.) UMG
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Carlos Aguilar

(cand. Ph.D.) Uni-Biol
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Dr. Alexey Alexeev

(Postdoc) UMG
Cotroneo, Elena_800x800_heller

Elena Cotroneo

(cand. Ph.D.) Uni-Chem
Denks, Dr. Kärt (Postdoc) MPI-NAT

Dr. Kärt Denks

(Postdoc) MPI-NAT
Ehses, Kenneth (cand. Ph.D.) UMG

Kenneth Ehses

(cand. Ph.D.) UMG
Dr. Funsho Fakuade

Dr. Funsho Fakuade

(Postdoc) UMG
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Paula Favoretti do Prado

(cand. Ph.D.) UMG/MPI-NAT
Georgiev, Svilen (cand. M.Sc.) UMG

Svilen Georgiev

(cand. M.Sc.) UMG
Götz, Jonathan (MD student) UMG

Jonathan Götz

(MD student) UMG
Fereshteh, Dr. Haghighi (Postdoc) UMG

Dr. Fereshteh Haghighi

(Postdoc) UMG
Hansen, Lars Henning (cand. M.Sc.) MP School Matter-to-Life

Lars Henning Hansen

(cand. M.Sc.) MP School Matter-to-Life
Hojas Garcia-Plaza, Inés (cand. Ph.D.) MPI-NAT

Inés Hojas Garcia-Plaza

(cand. Ph.D.) MPI-NAT
Sophie Hümmert (cand. Ph.D.) MPI-NAT

Sophie Hümmert

(cand. Ph.D.) MPI-NAT
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Victoria Hunniford

(cand. Ph.D.) UMG
Karagulyan, Nare (cand. Ph.D.) UMG

Nare Karagulyan

(cand. Ph.D.) UMG
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Dr. Myeongkyu Kim

(Postdoc) MPI-NAT
Angeliki Koufali (cand. Ph.D.) UMG

Angeliki Koufali

(cand. Ph.D.) UMG
Liutkute, Aiste (cand. Ph.D.) UMG

Aiste Liutkute

(cand. Ph.D.) UMG
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Frederike Maass

(cand. Ph.D.) UMG/MPI-NAT
Marx, Tabea Lilian (MD student) UMG/MPI-NAT

Tabea Lilian Marx

(MD student) UMG/MPI-NAT
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Tiago Mimoso

(Ph.D. student) Uni-Phys
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Gesine Müller

(Ph.D. student) Uni-Biol
Mutschall, Sophia_800x800

Sophia Mutschall

(MD student) UMG
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Magdeline Nathan

(cand. Ph.D.) MPI-NAT
Nowakowska, Sabina (cand. Ph.D.) UMG

Sabina Nowakowska

(cand. Ph.D.) UMG
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Celine Pohl

(cand. M.Sc.) UMG
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Tabea Quilitz

(cand. M.Sc.) UMG
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Jakob Reichmann

(cand. Ph.D.) Uni-Phys.
Roos, Dr. med. Lennart (Clinician) UMG

Dr. med. Lennart Roos

(Clinician) UMG
Rout, Smruti (cand. Ph.D.) UMG

Smruti Rout

(cand. Ph.D.) UMG
Schadt, Leonie_800x800

Leonie Schadt

(cand. Ph.D.) MPI-NAT
Jannis Schaeper (cand. Ph.D.) Uni-Phys

Jannis Schaeper

(cand. Ph.D.) Uni-Phys
Setya, Michael Gani_800x800

Michael Gani Setya

(cand. Ph.D.) UMG
Dr. med. Julia Schmidt (Clinician & Postdoc) UMG

Dr. med. Julia Schmidt

(Clinician & Postdoc) UMG
Schmoll, Kea (cand. Ph.D.) UMG

Kea Schmoll

(cand. Ph.D.) UMG
Marie-Kristin Schreiber (cand. Ph.D.) UMG

Dr. Marie-Kristin Schreiber

(Postdoc) UMG
Seibertz, Fitzwilliam (cand. Ph.D.) UMG

Fitzwilliam Seibertz

(cand. Ph.D.) UMG
Sofroni, Kostika (Postdoc) MPI-NAT

Dr. Kostika Sofroni

(Postdoc) MPI-NAT
Staudt, Thomas (cand. Ph.D.) Uni-Maths

Dr. Thomas Staudt

(Postdoc) Uni-Maths
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Dr. Vitali Telezki

(Postdoc) UMG
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Dr. Anna Vavakou

(Postdoc) UMG
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Roman David Ventzke

(cand. M.Sc.) Uni-Maths
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Jasper Wedemeyer

(MD student) UMG
Werchner, Yuna (MD student) UMG

Yuna Werchner

(MD student) UMG
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Maximilian Winkler

(Ph.D. student) Uni-Chem
Wolf, Dr. Bettina (Postdoc) UMG

Dr. Bettina Wolf

(Postdoc) UMG
Wrobel, Dr. med. Christian (Physician) UMG

Dr. med. Christian Wrobel

(Clinician) UMG
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Malo Wurst

(MD student) UMG
Yarova, Kateryna (cand. Ph.D.) MPI-NAT

Kateryna Yarova

(cand. Ph.D.) MPI-NAT
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Yannik Zühlke

(MD student) UMG
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Dr. Maria Zerche

(Clinician Scientist) UMG
HSC Fellowships (in alphabetical order):
Gregor, Dr. Carola (Junior Fellow) IFNANO

Dr. Carola Gregor

(Junior Fellow) IFNANO
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Dr. Julia Preobraschenski

(Junior Fellow) UMG
Wüstefeld, Laura_800x800_heller

Dr. Laura Wüstefeld

(Clinician Scientist) UMG
HSC Instructor:
Dr. Lukas Cyganek, Stem Cell Unit, UMG

Dr. Lukas Cyganek

Stem Cell Unit, UMG
Dr. Lukasz Jablonski UMG/DPZ

Dr. Lukasz Jablonski

UMG/DPZ
Lenz, Christof einheitlicher Hintergrund heller

Dr. Christof Lenz

Proteomics, UMG
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Dr. Gražvydas Lukinavičius

MPI-NAT
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Dr. Tabea Oswald

Uni-Chem
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Jun.-Prof. Dr. Constantin Pape

UNI-Comp/CIDAS
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PD Dr. Barbara Vona

UMG
HSC alumni
An overview of former members can be found on the Alumni page.
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