Published 29 June 2011 by Beatrice Lugger

Young researchers give us real insights in their home, life and Lindau experiences

Seven young researchers have become video experts during the last weeks and will do even more this week. They have interviewed their supporters back home, did a actual home story of their lives and will show us their Lindau experiences from now on.  

Before we start I’d like to introduce the team (five women and two men) to you:

Csilla Felsen

Csilla Felsen

Csilla Felsen is MD, graduate student, at the University of California in San Diego, United States of America.
Her scientific & research interests are focused on biomedical sciences. Specifically she works on cancer
imaging both for whole-body cancer screening and for surgical intervention.

Her research motivation: „What I love about science is the daily puzzlethere is always something new to learn and explore. Furthermore, while I selfishly learn about the way the world of biomedical science works through research, I am inspired by the possibility that my work could enhance other people’s lives through improving patient outcomes. Science is an interesting and fulfilling challenge that both keeps me up at night and makes me want to jump out of bed in the morning.“


Maryam Alam Khan

Maryam Alam Khan

Maryam Alam Khan is MBBS at the Khyber Teaching Hospital, Department of Medicine, in Pakistan and attends the meeting supported by the Boehringer Ingelheim Stiftung and the Pakistan Science Foundation.
Her scientific & research interests are focused on the role of preventive cardiology in elderly diabetics, the use of interventional cardiology in place of open heart sugeries, heart problems in children with Downs syndrome.

Her research motivation: „Being the only doctor in my family, I come across a lot of questions and expectations in my family which has many heart and stroke patients. This motivates me to initiate research for prevention of these two deadly diseases, so our loved ones can live longer with us! Myocardial infarction and stroke are preventable if all identified modifiable risk factors are addressed in time, something that is still a dream in my part of the world! Therefore my motivation are my own people.“


Anna Koptina

Anna Koptina

Anna Koptina is PhD at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-University in Bonn, Germany and attends the meeting as a fellow of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
Her scientific & research interests are biotechnology and phytopharmacy.

Her research motivation: „Science for me is associated with is the road to the nature, future and cognition. Carrying out a research you become closer to the understanding of the laws of nature though the uniqueness, ingenuity and mystery of nature will always impress and captivate us people. Everything unique is simple from the moment when we understood it, but the way to this simplicity gives you a lot of adventure, creativeness and mistakes and requires for the persistence, energy, patience, keenness and hard work.“

Erlia Narulita

Erlia Narulita
Erlia Narulita is an undergraduate student at the Institut Teknologi Bandung in Indonesia and she attends the meeting supported by the Merck KGaA and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations
Her scientific & research interests are focused physiology, genetic molecular and bioengineering.

Her research motivation: „I tried to get the truth to advance scientific knowledge, to find technology, and to produce innovations for the improvement of civilization and human welfare; at least a little bit.“


Sven-Eric Schelhorn

Sven-Eric Schelhorn

Sven-Eric Schelhorn is MSc at the Max-Planck Institute for Informatics, Department for Computational Biology and Applied Algorithmics in Germany and he is attending the meeting supported by the Boehringer Ingelheim Stiftung and the National Academy of Science and Engineering.

His scientific & research interests are focused  in virus resistance and dynamics modeling for HCV and HIV, oncovirus integration, next-generation sequencing, host-pathogen interactions, systems biology of molecular interactions in protein complexes.

His research motivation: „The opportunity to work with the brightest minds in my field on relevant medical and computational challenges. The drive towards exploring new topics that may change our understanding of core molecular processes. A deep curiosity about how Biology works and which principles govern the fantastic machinery of the cell. Last, writing beautiful code that models a tiny aspect of reality – biodigital jazz!“

Shay Stern

Shay Stern

Shay Stern is a graduate student at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel and he is attending the meeting supported by the Weizmann Institute of Science
His scientific & research interests are focused in the role of the environment and developmental plasticity in the evolution of developmental systems.

His research motivation: „My work is motivated by an urge to uncover general principles underlying biological processes. The research allows me to translate my imagination and thinking into practical experimental paradigms aimed to resolve basic scientific questions. In fact, science is not just a profession for me, but rather a fascinating way of life, driven by curiosity and leading to a better understanding of the natural world.

Anna Stöckl

Anna Stoeckl3

Anna Stöckl is MSc in Neuroscience at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich, Germany and attends the meeting supported by the Elite Network of Bavaria.
Her scientific & research interests are physiology of sensory systems.

Her research motivation: „The genuine wish to ‘perceive whatever holds the world together in its inmost folds’, to speak with Faust, above all, how evolution worked to bring about all these fascinating organisms surrounding us, including humans, was the driving force for me to study and work in biological research.“


And here we go with the first two interview-videos by Erlia Narulita and Shay Stern.





Beatrice Lugger

Beatrice Lugger is a science journalist and science social media specialist with a background as a chemist. She is Scientific Director of the National Institute for Science Communication, NaWik – @BLugger is her twitter handle, Quantensprung her own blog.