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Blumenstock, Sonja Germany
Chen, Xufeng China
Chennappan, Saravanakkumar India
Gehring, Isabell Germany
Grotheer, Mareike Germany
Izurieta Hidalgo, Natalie Ecuador
Kaczmarek, Veronika Germany
Kalepu, Srikrishna Rajakiran India
Lo, Aileen Rose Y. Philippines
Schrödl, Magdalena Germany
Stankova, Trayana Hristova Bulgaria
Thuy, Andreas USA


Blumenstock, Sonja


City and country of origin:
Regensburg, Germany

Educational background:

  • B.Sc. in Biochemistry, University of Regensburg, bachelor thesis on „Expression and Purification of two DNA-binding Proteins and their Interaction with DNA“
  • Research Internship at Dublin City University (Ireland) on steroid contamination in wastewater
  • Research Internship at Arizona State University (USA) on the usage of the transcription factor AP-1 as a marker for neuronal activity

Main scientific interests:

  • Molecular neurosciences and neurobiochemistry
  • Developmntal neuroscience
  • Regenerative medicine
  • Neurodegenerative and other neurological disorders

Future plans and objectives:

  • Proceed to a PhD in a field of my scientific interests
  • Constantly improve my technical skills and knowledge in science
  • Pursue a career in research or industry


Chen, Xufeng

Chen, Xufeng

City and country of origin:
Xiangfan, Hubei province, China

Educational background:

  • Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology in Hainan University
  • ECN




Main scientific interests:

  • Electrophysiology:  recording and analysis of cell current, patch clam (whole cell and single channel configuration)
  • Cellular and molecular biology: primary neuron cell culture, live cell image
  • Neuropathology: Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer etc 

Future plans and objectives:
Based on electrophysiology and molecular biology, through the knowledge and technologies I grasped in ECN, explore the fundamental pathogen of at least one neurology disease and thereout delve the pharmaceutically and therapeutically critical links   


Chennappan, Saravanakkumar


City and country of origin:
Tamilnadu, India

Educational background:

  • B.Tech (Biotechnology), Bharathidasan University, India.
  • MSc (Developmental Cell Biology), University of Sussex, UK.




Main scientific interests:

  • Neurodegenerative diseases
  • Neuronal development
  • Neural plasticity and Neural stem cell biology.

Future plans and objectives:
Use the expertise gained from this masters program to bridge the gap between the core research of cellular neuroscience and the complex part of clinical studies, to address various questions arising in the field of regenerative neurobiology.


Gehring, Isabell


City and country of origin:
Rosenheim, Deutschland

Educational background

  • Studium Generale at Leibniz Kolleg Tuebingen (focus on Biochemistry, Journalism)
  • B. Sc. in Biology, Ludwig- Maximilians- University Munich
  • Bachelor thesis: Stem cells during the development of the brain- a comparison of Insecta with Mammalia


Main scientific interests

  • neuronal dysfunction
  • molecular background of neurological diseases (especially the molecular mechanisms behind neurodegeneration)
  • stem cell based therapy of neurodegenerative disorders
  • different imaging techniques

Future plans
After finishing the ECN programme successfully, I will start my PhD in molecular neurosciences. I would love to work in the field of neurodegenerative diseases. Within the framework of my PhD I am very keen to learn and apply new techniques, methods and tools.

Grotheer, Mareike


City and country of origin:
Osterholz-Scharmbeck, Germany

Educational background:

  • B. Sc. in Biology (with a main focus on Neurobiology and Behaviour), Universität Göttingen
  • Bachelor thesis: Neuroprotection through erythropoietin in the central nervous system of insects. Research on the mechanism of transduction.
  • Student exchange program (ERASMUS), University of Aberdeen


Main scientific interests:

  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Functional MRI
  • Behavioural Neuroscience

ECN project internships:

  • Evaluation of noninvasive high spatial resolution electromyography in patients with neuromuscular disorders. Supervisors: Dr. Ingo Kleiter, Prof. Dr. Willhelm Schulte-Mattler
  • White matter alterations after Macular Degeneration examined by Diffusion Tensor Imaging. Supervisors: Dr. Anton L. Beer, Prof. Dr. Mark Greenlee
  • Effects of Oxytocin in a social fear conditioning paradigm. Supervisors: Iulia Toth, Dr. David Slattery

Future Plans and objectives:
I wish to continue pursuing a career in neuroscience and in particular in cognitive neuroscience. The next steps on that path are first to successfully earn my Master’s Degree and then to start an interesting PhD project in psychology.

Izurieta Hidalgo, Natalie


City and country of origin:
Quito, Ecuador

Educational background:

  • Medical Doctor (MD) (2003 – 2009), Universidad San Francisco de Quito. Ecuador
  • B.A in Psychology (2003-2010), Universidad San Francisco de Quito. Ecuador




Main scientific interests:

  • Psychiatry
  • Neuroendocrinology
  • Neuropsychopharmacology

Project Practicums:

  1. Multidimensional Assessment of Daytime Sleepiness: The association of different diagnostic measurements of sleepiness with different sleep disorders. Bezirksklinikum. Department of Psychiatry, Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy, University of Regensburg. Supervision: Dr. Peter Gesler, Dr. Roland Popp.
  2. Neuroimaging in Niemann Pick Disease Patients with mutations in the cholesterol transporter NPC. Department of Psychiatry, Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy, University of Regensburg, Germany. Supervision: P.D. Hans Klünemann.
  3. The effect of a specific GSK3 Inhibitor on maternal behavior in rats. Department of Behavioural and Molecular Neurobiology, University of Regensburg. Supervision: Dr. David Slattery, Katherina Hillerer.

Future plans and objectives:
During my Master thesis my objective is to learn further methods for translational and clinical research, specially functional neuroimaging, cognitive neuroscience and neuroendocrinology. After successful completion of my Master degree, I want to become a psychiatrist and do clinical research on the field.

Kaczmarek, Veronika


City and country of origin:
Sinsheim, Deutschland

Educational background:

  • Bachelor of Science in Biology at University of Regensburg.
  • Bachelor thesis: Pharmacological manipulation of Vasopressin 1aand
    Oxytocin Receptors in the brain of lactating rats: The influence on maternal aggression. Supervison: Dr. Oliver Bosch



  • Research on Niemann Pick Disease Type C‐ mutations in the NPC
    gene lead to deficits in cholesterol transport. Department of
    Psychiatry, Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy, Memory
    clinc; Bezirksklinikum, Regensburg. Supervision: P.D. Hans
  • High spatial resolution electromyography: a noninvasive approach
    for the diagnosis of neuromuscular disorders. Department of
    Neurology, Bezirksklinikum Regensburg. Supervision: Prof. Schulte‐
  • Fluoxetine mediated effects on adult neural stem cells. Department of
    molecular Neurology, University hospital, Erlangen. Supervision: Prof.
    Jürgen Winkler, Dr. Zacharias Kohl, and PhD Tina Schrödel.


  • During my internship at the memory clinc:
    NeuroTransmitter, Springer Medizin, 2011/09: Frühdiagnostik bei
    Demenz: DemTect‐ einfach, schnell und trotzdem zuverlässig.
    Kaczmarek V., Kastner I., Klünemann H.H.

Main scientific interest

  • Neuroendocrinology
  • Neurodegenerative diseases: stem cell based therapy, molecular mechanisms

Future plans and objectives:
During my Master thesis I want to improve my technical skills and gain expertise in further methods. After finishing the Master´s Programme in Experimental and clinical Neurosciences I will continue with a PhD in a field of my scientific interest.

Kalepu, Srikrishna Rajakiran


City and country of origin:
Hyderabad, India.

Educational background:

  • Engineering in Biotechnology (2006-2010) from Sreenidhi Institute of Science and Technology, Hyderabad.

  • Summer Project : Study of NADH Dehydrogenase Gene Mutations in Neuromuscular Disorders under supervision of Dr. K. Thangaraj, Scientist E-II, Evolutionary and Medical Genetics Laboratory, Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB), Hyderabad.

  • Thesis : Electrophysiological study of Autonomic Nervous System in Non-Diabetic End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Patients under supervision of Dr. E. Srikanth Reddy, Consultant Neurophysician, Kamineni Hospitals, Hyderabad.

Main scientific interests:

  • Psychopathology
  • Psychotherapy
  • Influence of Circadian Rhythm on emotions
  • Molecular Mechanisms & intention of dreams
  • Molecular drug targets for neurodegenerative diseases

Project Practicums :

  1. Functional analysis of a new Drosophila model for Parkinson’s disease.Supervisors: Juan Antonio Navarro Langa, Postdoctoral Researcher & Prof. Dr. Stephan Schneuwly, Department of  Developmental Biology, University of Regensburg, Regensburg.
  2. Modulation of Ion Channels in Human Retinal Pigment Epithelium by Complement Activation. Supervisors: Andreas Genewsky, ECN Master’s student & Prof. Dr. Olaf Strauss, Department of Experimental Ophthalmology, University Hospital Regensburg, Regensburg.
  3. Analysis of the Effect of the Receptor Tyrosine Kinase Inhibitor 'Sunitinib' on the Migration and Proliferation of Brain Tumour Initiating Cells. Supervisors: Sylvia Moeckel, PhD student & Dr. med. Peter Hau, Department of Neuro-oncology, University Hospital Regensburg, Regensburg.

Future plans and objectives:
To gain work experience after  Master’s to further improve scientific knowledge and pursue higher studies later on.

Lo, Aileen Rose Y.


City and country of origin:
Manila, Philippines

Educational background:

  • 9/2010 to present:  International Master’s Program in Experimental and Clinical Neurosciences, University of Regensburg
  • 2002-2006: Doctor of Medicine, University of Santo Tomas, Manila, Philippines
  • 1998-2002: Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology, University of Santo Tomas, Manila, Philippines


Main scientific interests:

  • Molecular and cellular interactions between the nervous system and immune system in health and disease, e.g., cell-cell communication via various signaling pathways,
  • CNS immunodynamics,
  • immunoregulatory mechanisms and the development of CNS autoimmunity,
  • neuroinflammation, and
  • neuroprotection.

Project Internships:

  • 6/2011-8/2011: The Role of Smad 7 in Immune Regulation.  Institute for Molecular Medicine, Universitätsmedizin der Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz.  Supervisors: Dr. Ari Waisman and Dominika Lukas.
  • 4/2011-6/2011:  Analysis of Smad-Independent TGF-beta Signaling during Th17 Differentiation, Neuroimmunology Laboratory, University Hospital, Regensburg.  Supervisors:  Dr. Ingo Kleiter and Maruf Hasan.
  • 2/2011-4/2011: Characterization of the Novel Retinitis Pigmentosa Protein FAM161A.  Institute of Human Genetics, University Hospital, Regensburg.  Supervisors:  Dr. Heidi Stoehr and Frank Zach.

Future Plans and Objectives:
Further studies/training to unravel the very atoms of the normal and diseased human brain particularly in the context of Neuroimmunology, and ultimately to translate the knowledge into the clinic.

Schrödl, Magdalena


City and country of origin:
Mühldorf am Inn, Germany

Educational Background:

  • B.Sc. Biology, University of Regensburg (2007-2010)
  • International Master’s Programme „Experimental and Clinical Neuroscience“ (2010-2012)



Main scientific interest:

  • Brain tumor research
  • Research on stem cells as therapy for certain diseases
  • Neurodeg. diseases

Project Practicums:

  • „Auditory evoked potentials generated by rTMS-associated „click“-stimuli“
    Supervision: Dr. Martin Schecklmann, Dr. Berthold Langguth
    Department of Psychiatry, University of Regensburg, Germany
  • „High-grade gliomas and BTICs: C/EBP β and Stat 3 as master regulators of specific cancer signatures“
    Supervision: Dr. Arabel Vollmann, Dr. Peter Hau
    Department of Neurology, UKR Regensburg, Germany
  • „Role of CAIX in U251 cells: Endogenous hypoxia marker or pathogenic factor?“ Supervision: Dr. Martin Proescholdt
    Department of Neurosurgery, UKR Regensburg, Germany

Future Plans:
PhD in Neuroscience or related subject

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Stankova, Trayana Hristova


City and country of origin:
Sandanski, Bulgaria

Educational background:

  • Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology, Sofia University




Main scientific interests:

  • Mechanisms of memory formation
  • Psychiatric diseases

Future plans and objectives:
PhD in Neuroscience

Thuy, Andreas


City and country of origin:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Educational background:

  • The Pennsylvania State University; Bachelor’s Degrees in Biology, German, and International Studies




Main scientific interests:

  • Neurodegenerative Disease
  • Neurological Disease

Future plans and objectives:
MD/Ph.D. in Neuroscience/Neurology I