DNO Leadership

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. Ā since it’s establishment in 2011 by Dr. Julianne McCall (former “German Brain Bee”).Ā  Together with Dr. Ina Simeonova and few...

Dr. Nathalie Tisch

Dr. Nathalie Tisch successfully defended her PhD in 2019 at the University of Heidelberg and is currently working at the UMN in Mannheim. While she mainly focused on the Ā subject of Neuroscience during her master studies, she has entered into a more Ā interdisciplinary field for her PhD work. Nathalie studied neurovascular interactions. Primarily, she tried to understand how blood vessels, which communicate with neurons at the neurovascular interface, fuel our brain with oxygen and energy as well as promote neuronal...

Florian Kohrt

Florian’s academic journey started with informatics at the University of Munich, moved to Physics, also at the University of Munich, and ended up with Psychology at the University of WĆ¼rzburg. Within this context, Florian spends a considerable amount of his time investigating the interplay between technology and society. We spend an enormous amount of our time with modern technology, giving a lot of power to the ones that design these devices and shape our usage. Since the early stages of...

Dr. Catarina LuĆ­s

Catarina has finished her PhD in 2018 at the University of Heidelberg. During her PhD and first Post Doc in Heidelberg and at the central institute of mental health in Mannheim, she worked on neurobilogical mechanisms of addiction. In particular, she investigated different brain activities which correlate to specific addiction behaviours, such as craving and relapse, in animal models of addiction. Currently Catarina is a Project and Communication Manager at the European Vaccine Initiative in Heidelberg, which focuses on coordinating...