This year, a broad variety of speakers will present their career paths in the 13th Career Fair. Here you can discover a little bit about each of them. 

Andreas Laustsen

Andreas Laustsen holds a PhD from the University of Copenhagen.  At the present he is an Associate Professor in Tropical Pharmacology and Biotherapeutics in Technical University of Denmark. Besides work in academia, he is co-founder of several companies Biosyntia, VenomAb, Antag Therapeutics, Chromologics, and Bactolife.  Andreas is recognized as Denmark’s Coolest Engineer, Top 10 Biotech Entrepreneur under 30 in Europe 2016, Top 6 Entrepreneurial Academic under 35 in Europe 2017, 30 under 30 by Forbes 2017, and a Top 35 Innovator under 35 by MIT Technology Review 2017.

Simone Mayer

Simone Mayer got her PhD at the Max Planck Institute for Experimental Medicine in Göttingen and did her Post-Doc at the University of California, San Francisco. As of 2018 she is a group leader at the Hertie-Institute for Clinical Brain Research in Tübingen, Germany. We are excited to welcome her to the 2019 Horizons Career Fair talking about the transition into becoming a young group leader and choosing to stay in academia! 

Bernd Reichert

Bernd Reichert started his career in the European Commission in 1992 as part of the Directorate General for Research. He worked as a science policy officer in the areas chemistry, biotechnology, nanotechnology, as well as science and society. Since then, he has held many leading positions within the Commission’s Research and Innovation Directorate General.  Before entering the Commission and the field of science policy,  Bernd Reichert got his PhD  in physical chemistry and quantum physics from the Humboldt University in Berlin and did his Post-Doc between the technical universities of Berlin and Munich. 

Beata Edyta Mierzwa

Beata Edyta Mierzwa is a Postdoctoral fellow at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research and the University of California, San Diego where she is studying cell division. Beata grew up drawing portraits of her friends but it was during her PhD that she combined her passion for science and art to create a unique way to communicate science. In parallel to her work in the lab, she creates unique artwork with an unconventional twist that sparks interest in scientists and laymen alike. Her work has graced the covers of many reputed journals and has been featured in top conferences. Beata’s vibrant drawings are not only limited to paper but also forms the theme of her own clothing line.

Christine Mieck

Christine obtained her PhD degree from the Research Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP) in Vienna. Her postdoctoral work continued at the IMP and the Institute of Science and Technology Austria, exploring cellular polarity in biochemical and biophysical aspects. Christine joined Nature Communications in September 2017 as an associate editor. Her thought developments during the transitions from a PhD student, a post-doc to an editor will give us a keen insight into the publishing field!