International Symposium organized by the Students of the Graduate School of Life Sciences

    Career Session

    The career session is always a highlight of the Eureka and offers the great opportunity to gain insight in all the different career options that a graduated PhD student can follow. Interesting speakers from various scientific backgrounds will give a short introduction about their own career as well as their current working field and are open for further discussions. We will keep you updated!


    Foto: J. Greune

    Dr. Henrike Klinker

    Managing Director of the Biomedical Center, LMU Munich

    Henrike Klinker studied Biomedical Science at the Philipps-University in Marburg and obtained a PhD in Molecular Biology from the LMU Munich in the field of chromatin remodeling. After her PhD, she did an internship at the publishing company Springer in Heidelberg and joined the publisher Wiley in Weinheim as assistant editor in 2014 working for the EMBO portfolio journals. In 2016, she changed fields from publishing to science management and became scientific project manager at the Dr von Hauner Children’s Hospital, LMU Munich, managing international research projects. In 2018, she joined the Biomedical Center of the LMU Munich as managing director and scientific coordinator. At the interface of research, infrastructure, administration and public relations she promotes the center’s strategic development and coordinates its daily business.


    Dr. Kristina Popova

    Kristina obtained her PhD from Ludwig Maximillian University in Munich where she studied the mechanism of protein folding inside the bacterial chaperonin GroEL/ES. Upon her graduation, she moved to London to join an early stage technology startup Scicasts (now called Mindzilla). There she received her journalism training and took on a challenge of building her own online column for the audience of science professionals. After her journalism work helped the startup gain recognition for their science media platform, she switched her focus to designing the market placement strategy for the startup’s AI product Nebuli.


    In 2018, Kristina moved back to Germany to take up a postdoc position at the University of Würzburg where she has been investigating the mechanism of novel, RNA antisense-based antimicrobials. In parallel, she developed and has been teaching science journalism workshops for PhD students and researchers. Kristina has recently left her researcher position to fully dedicate her time to developing specialised science communications programs for research professionals and is now offering a range of workshops as well as setting up an online training and career support platform for academic graduates.



    Dr. Vinay Murtadak

    Application Specialist, Advanced Therapies Division at Sartorius Stedim Biotech, Germany

    Vinay is currently working as an Application Specialist (Europe, UK, India) at Advanced
    Therapies Division at Sartorius Stedim Biotech and is based in Germany. Here he is responsible for the business development, scientific support and product training for pharma, biotech, government and academic customers. He is a trained virologist and completed his Ph.D. at Friedrich Alexander University in Erlangen, Germany. His previous positions were Product Specialist at Biological Industries and Growth coordinator with a start-up in Berlin which made an AI-based software for researchers. Along with his profession, he is actively involved in theater as an artist and has been part of a Dramatic group for several years. He volunteers with profit and non-profit organizations like STEMPeers, EuroSTEMPeers and Pitch2Recruit. He enjoys networking and connecting with people from different walks of life.