DNO Leadership

Antong He

Antong is currently finishing his dual studies – Master of Science – in Economic and Organizational Sciences. As part of this program, he is working in parallel for Allianz SE in Munich. Based on this background, Antong is able to offer to our organization professional expertise in economics and is therefore our core finances executive since May 2019. ...

Dr. Marta Orlando

Dr. Marta Orlando is a post doctoral scientist working at Charit├ę University Hospital in Berlin. She performs electron microscopy experiments to investigate the shape and function and plastic changes of presynaptic terminals. She joined DNO in 2017, first as a Jury member. She was enthusiastic about the organisation and joined the Academic Team soon thereafter. Since 2018 she is taking care of Registration for the DNO regional competition in Berlin and, since 2019, is Team Leader of the Berlin Team. ...

Janina Kupke

Janina Kupke is a PhD student at the University of Heidelberg, where she finished her masterÔÇÖs degree in 2018. During her PhD, she tries to unravel the molecular and cellular mechanisms which underlie the stabilisation of memories in order to become long-lasting. Janina joined DNO in 2016, where she became part of the academic team and took over the registration for Heidelberg. Since 2018, Janina is a team leader in Heidelberg together with Nathalie Tisch. ...

Dr. Ionut Dumitru

Dr. Ionut Dumitru received his PhD in neurobiology from Heidelberg University. His PhD work, investigating adult hippocampal neurogenesis, was preformed in the laboratory of Professor Hannah Monyer at the German Cancer Research Centre. Currently, Dr. Dumitru as a postdoctoral fellow researching neural stem cells and brain regeneration in the laboratory of Professor Jonas Fris├ęn at the Karolinska Institute. During high school, Dr. Dumitru participated in several national and international chemistry Olympiads. His participation in these contests not only lead him...

Dr. Ina Simeonova

Dr. Ina Simeonova finished her PhD at the University of Heidelberg in 2016. During her academic career she focused first on basic mechanisms of neurogenesis and thereafter on the differentiation of human induced pluripotent stem cells into neural lines for transplantation into the damaged spinal cord of rodent animal models of spinal cord injury. Meanwhile she has left academia for good and is working as a Project Manager / IT Consultant in software development. Together with Dr. Beatrice Sandner and...

Friedrich Schwarz

After participating in two of our competitions, Friedrich represented Germany at the IBB 2016 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Following this experience, he joined our team and later our executive board. Friedrich is currently studying medicine at the University of G├Âttingen and recently started his doctoral thesis. Within DNO Friedrich first undertook the position of Finance Manager and is now pursuing more structural and legal aspects as Brand and Policy Executive. This includes the establishment of a legally solid organizational structure and...

Angela Kondinska

Since 2017 Angela is supporting DNO within a range of Project Managements activities. Angela is supporting recruitment of new members, monitoring overall work progress via a detailed Gantt-Chart using the project management tool Redmine, organizing regular and focused team meetings and workshops and keeping all executive board members updated about the status quo of the team. ...

Mandy Watson

Mandy Watson was a High School Science teacher and Administrator at the Berlin International School until Summer 2019. After 12 years at the Berlin International School, she took over the position of Vice Principal at the Berlin Metropolitan School. Having written her dissertation in neurophysiology in 1996, she has have maintained her passion for all things neuroscience ever since. Mandy is one of the founders and board members of DNO Berlin e.V. and extremely dedicated as Leader of the DNO...

Dr. Beatrice Sandner

Dr. Beatrice Sander was a biologist in the laboratory of neuroregeneration at the Spinal Cord Injury at the Heidelberg University Hospital until 2017, where she did research on the regenerative capacity of adult neural stem cells after spinal cord injury. She is now working in clinical monitoring at the University of Heidelberg. Dr. Sander has been part of DNO e.V. ┬ásince it’s establishment in 2011 by Dr. Julianne McCall (former “German Brain Bee”).┬á Together with Dr. Ina Simeonova and few...