Former Postdoc Committee Members

We are immensely grateful for the contributions from previous members of the Göttingen Campus Postdoc Committee who were generous enough to give up their time and energy to make the Göttingen Campus a better place for all researchers, wherever they work, whatever their background or discipline.

Many of our former Committee members are still in touch with the Network and continue to improve the experience of postdocs across the Göttingen Campus by attending events and sharing their ideas, expertise and vision.

Postdoc Committee alumni continue to enrich science and humanities by pursuing their goals, whether in Germany or around the world, in various roles such as publishing, management, teaching, industry, medicine, research, academia and much more.

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Rituparna Chakrabarti

Rituparna Chakrabarti got her PhD in neuroscience from the University of Göttingen, then was a Postdoc at the Center for Biostructural Imaging of Neurodegeneration (BIN) in Göttingen. Her research focus was to study the neurotransmitter release and understand the nanostructures of specialized chemical synapses in the auditory systems. Rituparna enjoys the interface of science, art and communication. She is chief editor of an online magazine called Club SciWri, which aims to simplify science for broader audiences and discuss some of the urgent issues faced in STEM careers. To unwind, she plays the mandolin and eagerly looks for a corner at a coffee house to slide herself in with a good read or company.

Vinodh Ilangovan

Vinodh Ilangovan is the Coordinator for curation of the Open Research Knowledge Graph at Leibniz Information Centre for Science and Technology (TIB), Hannover, Germany. Vinodh got his PhD from the University of Goettingen in 2016, then was a Postdoc at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry. He is one of the founding committee members of the Goettingen Campus Postdoctoral Network. He studied circadian clocks and sleep using an integrative approach by combining mole­cular genetics, animal behaviour and evolu­tion­ary biology. He was an Open Science Ambassador and strongly advocated for the practice of responsible behaviours in scientific research. He served as a member of the early career advisory group of the open-access journal eLife. Vinodh spoke about his research to a non-specialist audience at TEDx UniGoettingen. He enjoys experimenting with science communication through performing arts and was a finalist of Dance your PhD contest.

Sukanya Sengupta

Sukanya Sengupta is a geochemist; she got her PhD in 2016 from the University of Göttingen, then worked as a Postdoc in the Isotope Geology department. Her research focused primarily on studying oxygen isotope ratios in sediments and rocks of different ages - millions and even billions of years old, in order to understand how Earth’s oceans and atmosphere evolved over time, and under what conditions early life flourished. She enjoys working long hours in the laboratory, performing analytical work and addressing exciting new problems. In her leisure time she is fond of reading fiction, going for a swim, cooking and travelling.

Marko Markovic

Marko Markovic got an MSc of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Belgrade in 2011 and a PhD at the University Medical Center Göttingen (UMG) in 2016. He worked at Ottobock HealthCare GmbH, as a researcher at the UMG, and as as a part-time lecturer at the PFH, Göttingen. He researches and develops novel human-machine interfaces for upper limb prostheses. He considers that one of his most important roles is the education of future generations of students, and to this goal, he actively supervises several Master and Bachelor theses.

Camille Couralet

Camille Couralet studied the effects of climate change on tropical rainforests and got her PhD from the University of Ghent, Belgium. She was a postdoc at the Australian National University for a short while, until starting a family became priority. She then took a side path alongside scientific research : in the science policy team of the Australian Academy of Science, she became more expert in project management, science communication, and strategical thinking. She helped to establish the Australian Early and Mid-Career Researcher Forum, the national voice of Australia's emerging scientists, which was an inspiration for the Göttingen Campus Postdoc Forum. She was part of the Göttingen Forum's founding team between 2016 and 2020, under the visionary leadership of University President Ulrike Beisiegel. Today she works as a project director at the University of Montpellier, France.

Louisa Kulke

Louisa Kulke conducted her PhD in Psychology and Neuroscience at University College London (UK), investigating the development of attention from infancy to adulthood. After a research visit to the University of California, San Diego (US), she had two postdoc positions at the University of Göttingen, working in developmental psychology and affective neuroscience, unravelling the neural mechanisms of emotion and attention. She worked as a junior professor, leading the Neurocognitive Developmental Psychology Lab at Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg and then as a full professor in Developmental and Educational Psychology at Bremen University in 2023. Besides research and teaching, Louisa is an ambassador for the Open Science Framework and actively promoted Open Science practices in Göttingen and beyond. When she is not in the lab or in the lecture hall, she likes to play the guitar, travel and spend time with her children (who are also welcome at her work).

James Daniel

James Daniel is a neuroscientist focusing on synaptic transmission between neurons. He completed his PhD at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research (Sydney, Australia) in 2008, focusing on mechanisms of dopamine release at single synapses. James then undertook a postdoc at the Children's Medical Research Institute (Sydney, Australia) where he worked on the development of novel inhibitors of synaptic vesicle endocytosis and their potential application in the treatment of epilepsy. In 2013 he moved to Göttingen, where he has been working in the Molecular Neurobiology Department of the Max Planck Institute of Experimental Medicine, studying the molecular regulation of synaptic trans­mission. With regards to the Postdoctoral Network, James thinks that postdoctoral positions are a complicated and critical phase of the career of any researcher and often overlooked in terms of career support provided by universities and other research centers. James hopes to help achieve better representation for postdocs within Göttingen.


Burcu Uçaray-Mangıtlı

Burcu Uçaray-Mangıtlı is a political scientist with research interests in international organizations, development, and gender equality. She completed her PhD at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her doctoral dissertation focused on domestic and international bureaucrats, their shared expertise, and how their relationships affect international cooperation. From August 2017 to July 2018, Burcu was a postdoctoral fellow sponsored by the Swedish Institute at University of Stockholm. In August 2018, she joined the University of Göttingen, Department of Political Science as a postdoctoral researcher. Her current research, inspired by her project in Stockholm, focuses on international financial institutions and their implementation of gender equality norm, both internally and externally. She is particularly interested in organizational culture in these institutions, how it changes and affects development projects. Burcu believes in work-life balance, and enjoys watching science fiction movies, reading crime and mystery novels, and climbing.

Altaf Qadir

Altaf Qadir, Postdoc Committee member (2019-2021) was trained as a historian in the nineteenth & twentieth centuries' religious mobilization in Pukhtunkhwa. He obtained his PhD from Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad Pakistan in 2013. Altaf research has focused on the religious mobilization during the 19th century, led by Sufi turned Jihadist Sayyid Ahmad Barailvi (d. 1831). He was a research fellow at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology and the Ethnographic Collection of the University of Göttingen. During his research fellowship, Altaf focused on religious texts, produced by indigenous inhabitants  of identical jurisprudence and Sufi order but had developed differences on certain issues. The work was proposed to appear in a couple of papers or a small monograph but it turned out to be much larger than the earlier plan. The first manuscript of the said project will be soon sent to a publisher while next will still take longer before its final submission.
Altaf is currently working as an Associate Professor of History at University of Peshawar where he teaches undergrad and grad students. He is also mentoring research students in developing indigenous scholarship on Pukhtunkhwa of 1500-1900.
He is active in increasing spaces for the marginalized through his scholarship and taking active part in academic as well as literary activities.
He is the Co-Founder of Peshawar Literature Festival, held for the first time in May 2022. 

Tomasz Wdowik

Tomasz Wdowik is an organic chemist focussing on the application of transition metals in catalytic transformations. He completed his PhD in 2019 at the State University of New York at Buffalo (USA) working on aerobic copper-catalyzed reactions. Currently, he is a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute of Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry, University of Göttingen. He is working on the development of new carbon-hydrogen bond activation reactions relying on electricity as a sustainable oxidant. Outside the lab, Tomasz enjoys attending concerts, travelling, and trying different cuisines.

Sarah Hoffmann-Urlaub

Sarah Hoffmann-Urlaub received her PhD in 2016 from the Institute for X-Ray Physics, working on nanostructured waveguides for hard X-Ray focusing. After a short postdoc phase, in 2017 she became a Junior Research Group Leader at the Institute of Materials Physics at the University of Göttingen. Her group is active in the field of functional thin films fabricated with the technique of Pulsed Laser Deposition. There are many applications for these high quality (multi-) layer devices, for example in the fields of photovoltaics, photocatalysis or X-Ray optics. Since the beginning of 2022, she has served as personal assistant to our president. After retiring from playing rugby, she still enjoys watching games, playing classic video games or listening to records from her LP collection.

Yang Shen

Yang Shen is a cultural anthro­pologist focusing on religion, secularism, and ritual theories. She received her Ph.D. from Boston University in 2019 and is currently a post-doctoral research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity. In her doctoral thesis, Yang examined how religiously unaffiliated temple-goers relate to Buddhist temples in contemporary China. In her new project, Yang studies the technological variations of a Chinese divination technique and investigates questions of religious materiality, ritual technology, and imagination as a cultural practice. Outside her work, Yang enjoys reading broadly and sharing good food with friends.

Anne-Dominique Gindrat

Anne-Dominique Gindrat received her PhD in Natural Science, option Neuroscience, from the University of Fribourg (Switzerland) in 2015. She studied the sensorimotor control of the hand in human and non-human primates using electroencephalography (EEG). Since then, she has been working as a postdoc in the Neurobiology Laboratory of Prof. Hansjörg Scherberger at the Deutsches Primatenzentrum GmbH in Göttingen. She is investigating brain areas involved in planning and executing hand grasping movements in behaving macaque monkeys using the emerging approach of optogenetics. For this project, she was awarded with a 3-year postdoc fellowship by the Swiss National Science Foundation.

Working as a postdoc is usually a precarious position, and improvements are strongly needed, for instance regarding work-life balance, project funding, etc. In this respect, the services offered by the Göttingen Campus (GC) Postdoc Network are very valuable. As a member of the GC Postdoc Committee, she hopes to be helpful to and to do more for the postdoc community in Göttingen. During her free time, she enjoys cooking, reading, biking and listening to classical music.

Marion Reichenbach

Marion Reichenbach is an animal scientist focusing on (sub-)tropical livestock production systems. She is currently a postdoctoral researcher in the group of Animal husbandry in the Tropics and Subtropics at the Universities of Göttingen and of Kassel. She completed her PhD at the University of Kassel in 2020 within the interdisciplinary DGF Research Unit FOR 2432/1, looking at the impacts of urbanization on Indian dairy production with focus on nutrition. After 18‑months of field work in the emerging megacity of Bangalore, South India, she quantified resource use efficiency and global environmental impacts, i.e. greenhouse gas emissions, of Bangalore’s dairy production systems, while highlighting the social-ecological system, in which Bangalore’s dairy producers are embedded. Trained at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich (ETHZ), she later gained practical experience with beef cattle systems in Bolivia and pig production in Sweden. Outside work, she like to read foreign literature or enjoy countryside’s food and scenery.

Deniz Kilincoglu

Deniz Kilincoglu is an intellectual and cultural historian of the nineteenth century with a particular interest in the Ottoman Empire. He received his PhD in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton University. He was a research fellow at the Göttingen Institute for Advanced Study (Lichtenberg-Kolleg) and the Moritz Stern Institute of the University of Göttingen. Deniz’s research has focused on the intercultural circulation of ideas, and its social, political, and cultural implications. His most recent project focuses on nationalism and emotions. As a true believer and practitioner of interdisciplinarity, he uses methodological and theoretical insights from the humanities, cognitive sciences, and informatics in his research. When he is not working, he loves reading fiction and thinking about the connections between fiction and reality.

Stefanie Griebel

Stefanie Griebel is a plant breeder and geneticist experienced in maize and sorghum breeding. She worked 5 years as assistant maize breeder in private industry, first in Germany and later in Zambia. Her work experience and travels in several African countries motivated her to do a Ph.D. in plant breeding and genetics at Purdue University, USA. She focused on the improvement of sorghum grain quality as part of the Sorghum and Millet Innovation Lab funded by USAID Feed the Future. After graduation in 2019, she joined the division of plant breeding methodology at the University of Göttingen. Currently she studies the importance of gene-gene interactions in quantitative trait variation in maize aiming to include sorghum. She is passionate about teaching and has developed a new class Breeding tropical and subtropical staple crops and their impact on global food security. She supervises students in maize and potato breeding in cooperation with the CGIAR centers e.g. CIMMYT, IITA and CIP.

Nina Gerber

Nina Gerber is a wildlife ecologist with a background in evolutionary ecology, marine science and behavioural ecology. After completing her PhD in 2018 at the University of Zürich, Switzerland, Nina moved to Brisbane, Australia to study dispersal in reef fish to optimise the planning of marine protected areas. she was part of the WeideWildWolf project at the University of Göttingen studying the effects of returning wolves on the ecosystem in the cultural landscapes of Europe. The project investigates potential effects on prey and with this on the vegetation and tries to identify potential conflicts with stakeholders. Apart from research, she is engaged in education, reaching from teaching and supervising students to science outreach. Nina is an LGBT+ member, outdoor enthusiast, dog lover and fancies any sport from Salsa dancing to playing rugby.

Renas Koshnaw

Renas is a postdoctoral researcher at the Geosciences Center (Geowissenschaftliches Zentrum Göttingen) at the University of Göttingen. He investigates tectonic processes through sedimentary rocks, including the surface expression of deep-Earth geodynamic and mountain building processes, and their impact on paleoclimate and biogeography over millions of years. He received his BSc degree in Geology (2006) from the Salahaddin University-Erbil in the Kurdistan region of Iraq. After being awarded the American fellowship Iraq Scholars and Leaders Program, he graduated with an MSc (2011) and PhD (2016) in the geological sciences from the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to arriving in Göttingen as a Humboldt fellow in the summer of 2019, he conducted a one-year postdoctoral research role at the University of Bern in Switzerland as a recipient of the Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship. Outside work, Renas enjoys being outdoor and traveling, as well as reading fiction and nonfiction books. He is keen on learning from and exchanging ideas with individuals across diverse backgrounds, and open to addressing cross-cultural controversial topics to promote universal values and cultural commonality. As a Göttingen Campus Postdoc Committee member he plans to work on, in collaboration with other team members, developing a white paper regarding professional development of postdocs to increase their positive experience and contribute in making the Göttingen Campus an attraction for talented minds nationally and internationally.

Natalia Ruiz

Natalia Ruiz is a postdoctoral fellow of the Alexander-von-Humboldt Foundation at the Institute of Agricultural Law of the University of Göttingen. She is a Colombian legal scholar and consultant on issues related to international development, gender equality, indigenous rights and environmental justice. She completed her PhD in Law from Colombia’s National University and educational and professional experience in South Korea, China and the United States. Her current research work, “An agrarian adjudication theory for small farmers and indigenous populations in Colombia”, focuses on aspects of rural reform in Colombia following the 2016 Peace Accord. Natalia loves bicycling with her family, progressive rock music, collecting shoes, gourmet food and travel.  

Muhammad Salim Hakeemi

Muhammad received his PhD in 2018 from the Institute of Developmental Biology, University of Cologne. In October 2018, he joined the University of Göttingen, Department of Evolutionary Developmental Genetics as a postdoctoral researcher. His research focus is on development of transgenic tools for spatiotemporal control of RNA interference (RNAi) for gene function analysis. Muhammad found the Göttingen Campus Postdoc Network a great platform for postdoctoral researchers, not only to take part in their regular activities for information exchange but also to attend special events for career development.

Marthe Klöcking

Marthe Klöcking is an observational geodynamicist and data scientist. She coordinates the Digital Geochemical Data Infrastructure (DIGIS) project that is modernising the geochemical database ‘GEOROC’: with the goal to maximise access to and re-use of research data collected over the past decades, and so to improve the research infrastructure in Germany and worldwide.
When she has time for research herself, Marthe exploits the chemical fingerprints of volcanic rocks to study the origin of magmas and the internal structure of continents in places such as Yellowstone. She holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge (UK) and has worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Macquarie University and the Australian National University (Australia). Marthe has experience attracting her own research funding and working with industry and government partners.
She loves the outdoors, especially while hiking, cycling or rowing. She enjoys challenging her perceptions and inherent biases through travel, culture and exchange with people from all backgrounds and stages of life.

Lisa Maria Franke

Dr. phil. Lisa Maria Franke is specialised in the fields of  Arabic and Islamic Studies as well as in Social and Cultural Anthropology. Currently, she works as assistant professor in the field "Anthropology of Islam" at the Institue of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Göttingen. She carries out research on individual religiosities and non-conformist perspectives in Alexandria as part of the ERC project "Private Pieties: Mundane Islam and New Forms of Muslim Religiosity: Impact on Contemporary Social and Political Dynamics" (2016-2022). She received her PhD in Arabic Studies from the University of Leipzig in 2011. Here, she focussed on martyrdom, gender constructions and social discourses in Palestine. Subsequently, at the University of Cologne, she dealt with the religious, social and political content of colloquial poetry in Egypt and published on the symbolism in modern interpretations of the end times. Her research interests include everyday history, eschatology, belief and identity, discourse analysis, and gender studies; processes of individualisation, religious transformations and social dynamics; the use of language in various forms of texts. She graduated from the University of Bayreuth and the School of Oriental and African Studies (London). She taught at the Universities of Leipzig, Cologne and Goettingen as assistant professor.

Kibrom Sibhatu

Kibrom Sibhatu, from Eritrea, is an Agricultural and Food Economist interested in the dynamic linkages of human welfare with ecosystem services in response to global challenges, including deforestation, poverty, food insecurity, hunger and malnutrition, and climate change. His research experience encompasses projects in the Global South, where he researched the link between farm-level agricultural biodiversity and the quality of diets in smallholder households.

His current research focuses on smallholder land-use change and human welfare in Southeast Asia, particularly in Sumatra, Indonesia. This work is under the EFForTS project -  a Collaborative Research Center  (CRC 990) funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). The CRC 990 investigates the ecological and socioeconomic effects of the significant transformation of forests towards a cash crop-dominated rubber and oil palm plantation landscape, focusing on smallholder systems.

Outside work, he is a dedicated runner, plays football, and spends much time reading. He is also active in organizing events for and supporting refugees in Göttingen.

At the University of Göttingen (and other universities in Germany), foreign nationals are increasingly occupying vital (albeit short-term) early-career academic and research positions. However, international staff (and their partners) are often faced with distinct challenges, including language barriers, immigration status, and short-term work contracts. As a Göttingen Campus Postdoc Committee member, he is keen to help address such challenges in collaboration with other team members.



Constanza Tapia Contreras

Constanza, originally from Chile, was awarded by the National Commission for Scientific and Technological Research (CONICYT) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). She obtained her Ph.D. from the Department of Developmental Biology of the Georg-August-University in 2021. Afterward, she joined the Department of General, Visceral and Pediatric Surgery as a postdoctoral fellow of the Dorothea Schlözer program at the University Medical Center, Göttingen. Her research focuses on Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma, using in-vitro models (patient-derived organoids) to facilitate pharmacological screening studies and identify novel therapeutic targets. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, cooking, doing sports, and dancing salsa.