Career Fair

Tuesday, 26 May 2020


tba 9:30 – 10:10

Patent Law

10:10 – 10:50

Dr. Bernard Freytag


11:20 – 12:00


Dr. Mariana Cerdeira 

is a consultant in biopharma strategy at Catenion, in Berlin, a management consulting firm that works exclusively with pharmaceutical and biotech companies. She holds a PhD in Medical Neurosciences from the Charité University in Berlin and a Master’s degree in Neurosciences with a double diploma from the Universities of Göttingen and Bordeaux. Previously, she obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences in her country of origin, Brazil. So far, Mariana has lived in 4 countries and speaks 5 languages. For years she has been involved in projects to improve career support for graduate students and has given a TEDx talk on the need for a culture change in the academic world.

In her presentation, Mariana will talk about her career path from a PhD student with many parallel activities to a strategy consultant for pharmaceutical companies. She will also share some tips for career development and a targeted job search that she learned along the way.

Science Communication

12:00 – 12:40



Mr. Gabriel Aeschlimann

obtained his bachelor’s and master’s degree in Biotechnology from the Zurich University of Applied Sciences at Prof. Dr. Jack Rohrer’s lab, where he focused on generating induced pluripotent stem cells. He then decided to leave academia and worked as a laboratory assistant in F. Hoffmann La Roche diagnostics. However, his passion and talent in making animations won him over, and thus he founded “Ribosome Studio“ in 2016.
As a science animator, the main focus of his work lies in creating biomedical 3D animations and illustrations. These serve to communicate scientific and medical results provided by his clients in an entertaining and concise way. His talent in making animations is not unrecognized, as he was a finalist in the Vizbi (Visualising Biological Data) Plus Challenge. Furthermore, since the “Ribosome Studio” is a one-person enterprise, his responsibilities also include social media management, advertising, customer acquisition, and administrative tasks.
Since we aim to present a number of alternative career paths during the NEURIZONS 2020 career fair, we are thrilled to hear more about his career journey. During his talk, he will discuss what he has learned from working as a freelancer / one-person enterprise for more than three years and give us a better understanding of how he decided to initiate his start-up. He will present the advantages and disadvantages of working for yourself and how he utilizes social media for science communication, market research, further education, and customer acquisition.

Science Publication

13:40 – 14:20

Dr. Rituparna Chakrabati


14:20 – 15:00 


Dr. Hannah Ulferts

Mental Health in Academia

15:00 – 15:40


Dr. Tracy Erwin-Grabner

is a Clinical Psychologist and Professional Counselor. She obtained her bachelor’s in Psychology from Indiana University Bloomington, before moving to Drexel University for a master’s degree centered on Creative Arts in Therapy. She continued her education at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, where she received her doctorate in clinical psychology.

Dr. Erwin-Grabner has extensive experience both in and out of academia. She worked as a supervisor for master-level students at Columbia College Chicago, as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland University College, and as an Adjunct Instructor for undergraduate psychology courses at Southern New Hampshire University. Not forgetting her role as a Clinical psychologist/counselor, she also provided therapeutic services to diverse clientele in various locations across the USA.

Currently she is in Göttingen, working two vastly different positions. First, as part of the Systems Neuroscience and Imaging in Psychiatry (SNIP) lab at the UMG, her and her colleagues are working on a research project using transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and fMRI as a treatment intervention for depression.  Second, she is a counselor at the Studentenwerk Psychological Counseling Center (PSB), working primarily with English-speaking international students both in individual and group formats, providing counseling services to address a variety of student challenges and mental health needs.

With her vast exposure to the mental health problems faced by PhD students, as well as her own experiences in academia, we are delighted to hear her input regarding mental health in the field. She will be outlining and introducing the concept of resilience, stressing the importance of taking care of mental health needs as a graduate student. The relevance of these topics is frequently overlooked or undervalued, yet can be the key to both personal and academic success. She will also present steps towards developing resilience as a prevention measure, as well as ways to find support and available resources in Göttingen.