Students & Alumni

2017-2019 Student Intake

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  • Augustine Attah

    Augustine Attah

    I realise that there are no limits to possibilities, and I want to keep rediscovering myself.Being a part of the Neurasmus programme (track 2) is a life transforming experience. I have improved academically and otherwise.

    Y1: Bordeaux - Y2: Amsterdam

  • Mustafa Mehkary

    Mustafa Mehkary

    I am part of the 2017-2019 batch of Neurasmus and from Lahore, Pakistan. My primary research interest is neurodegenerative and polyglutamine diseases like Huntington's disease. Besides the work stuff, I enjoy travelling and playing/watching football. I'm generally an easy going person who likes helping people out. So far, the journey within Neurasmus has been amazing. Never in my wildest dreams could I imagine being in Europe and getting to see all the famous cities like Berlin, Amsterdam etc. Additionally to be able to study Neuroscience;something I have wanted to study since I was 16 and the ability to spend a year each in different cities is a privilege which sometimes seems too good to be true!

    Y1: Berlin - Y2: Amsterdam

  • Sabine Rannio

    Sabine Rannio

    What I find really fascinating/ironic is that we know so much about the world surrounding us and the scientific concepts that hold it together, but we are still just scratching the surface of how our own brain works. My ultimate goal is to understand more about neural plasticity and its role in the development of pathologies such as depression or schizophrenia in order to help patients more efficiently.
Göttingen and Bordeaux are two major research hubs in neuroscience and so, my track offers a great opportunity to work with excellent scientists performing cutting edge research in my areas of interest in an interdisciplinary and international environment. I am still at the very beginning of my journey with Neurasmus, but it has already allowed me to forge new friendships with brilliant people from all over the world and take a huge step forward in my career as a neuroscientist and I am very excited about the next stages along this journey.

    Y1: Göttingen - Y2: Bordeaux/Göttingen

  • Hannah McConchie

    Hannah McConchie

    As a self-motivated and curious person I like to always challenge myself and continue learning. Contributing to the neuroscientific field, especially in a translational way, while simultaneously travelling and meeting like-minded people is delightful and engaging. The opportunity afforded to me by Neurasmus is incredible, and the Neurogenomics track in which I am participating makes great effort to bring people from many different backgrounds together to create a multidisciplinary, diverse, and cutting-edge environment.

    Y1: Amsterdam - Y2: Berlin

  • Genevieve Yvon Durocher

    Genevieve Yvon Durocher

    I am a self professed Neuroscience geek from the UK who loves rock climbing and anything outdoors. I have started my journey in Amsterdam on Track 1, meeting inspiring scientists, learning lots of new things and making life long friendships. Neurasmus is a fantastic program which I would highly recommend! It has given me a a once in a life time opportunity to study abroad in two incredible countries, diversify my knowledge and gain international experience which employers love.

    Y1: Amsterdam - Y2: Berlin

  • Tony Carricarte

    Tony Carricarte

    I greatly enjoy listening to music from the epic and emotional Thomas Bergersen tracks to the hot Latin American songs (depending on my mood).
    When I began my Neurasmus journey, I remember I was feeling really exciting and nervous at the mean time. It was not easy for me to get used to the new culture but thanks to the friendly and pleasant environment that was created among the students, professors and coordinators, the adaptation was quite fast. I consider Neurasmus as a great opportunity to achieve my scientific goals and to meet part of the Neuroscience community in Europe.

    Y1: Göttingen - Y2: Bordeaux/Göttingen

  • Julian Rossbroich

    Julian Rossbroich

    Regarding academia, I’m something like an interdisciplinarity-obsessed statistics nerd with special interests in computational neuroscience, imaging techniques, psychopharmacology and the philosophy of neuroscience.
    In non-lab life, I’m an enthusiastic rock climber, yoga practitioner, and can likely be found exploring the outdoors in awe of any sort of mountain or rock.
    My current Neurasmus journey takes me from coursework in rainy-grey Amsterdam to a technical microscopy internship in Bordeaux to soon the cold winters of French Canada.
    The close contact with the board of education, the informal, but highly professional atmosphere of interaction between students and professors, and the possibility to experience different universities with unique approaches to neuroscientific research make the Neurasmus program feel like a perfect preparation for an academic career. 

    Y1: Amsterdam/Bordeaux - Y2: Laval

  • Daniela Doda

    Daniela Doda

    I would consider myself a student with an international mindset due to my double cultural background: Albanian and Italian.  I hope that the Neurasmus Program will broaden my horizon even further culturally and scientifically, and allow me to lead a career in neuroscience.
    My journey with Neurasmus started with the Orientation days in Bordeaux where I got to know amazing people from all over the world and very hardworking organizers. Now it continues in Göttingen where I am studying Imaging and Electrophysiology.
    Neurasmus Program has offered me the possibility to explore Europe while having a Master in one if the excellence centers for Neuroscience.

    Y1: Göttingen - Y2: Bordeaux/Göttingen

  • Indra Roy

    Indra Roy

    Halfway through my undergraduate career, I attended a seminar where I heard an amazing (and horrifying) story about a neurodegenerative disease told by someone who would later become a mentor. A few courses in neuroscience later, I knew I was going to spend my life untangling the puzzles of these fatal diseases, some of which have genetic origins.
    Naturally, the next step was to find a graduate program that would give me the most freedom to explore my research interests while giving me a solid theoretical background in neuroscience. That is where Neurasmus came in. I've made friends (and future colleagues) from all over the world and discovered parts of me I never met before. Someday, I hope to discover something else that will help me leave my mark in the field of neuroscience.

    Y1: Berlin - Y2: Amsterdam

  • Biniam Melese

    Biniam Melese

    My name is Biniam Melese. i am a medical doctor educated and trained in Ethiopia. i have been working as a general practitioner for about two years and i have always been curious regarding neurology. with my background education and some experience with patients, i was able to see the complex interconnections of neurons defining the very existence of every animal. we can attribute almost all that we are to the nervous system. The neurasmus program is providing me with a chance to explore the research world, something i was not so familiar with. and i have the chance to see how every knowledge we have in the book has a series of experiments behind it. i aspire to join my past and my present and work in translational medicine. i would like to work on curing diseases by using the basic science knowledge.

    Y1: Berlin - Y2: Amsterdam

  • Cristian Raquel Unzueta

    Cristian Raquel Unzueta

    I am an adventurous, very curious and enthusiastic person. I love traveling, the arts, science and most of all: taking challenges. I hold a bachelor’s degree in psychology, a master’s degree in food science, nutrition and metabolism, and I am currently completing the first year of Neurasmus track 4 at Charité universitätmedizin Berlin. One of my career goals is to contribute to society by creating new knowledge in order to find new and effective treatments for neuropsychiatric disorders such as anxiety, depression or addictions. Neurasmus has undoubtedly broaden my knowledge in neuroscience, it has given me the opportunity to build great relationships, and meet recognized scientists that have helped me shape my interests in the research field. Furthermore, living in Berlin has been an exciting journey, the diverse population in the city, its fascination for the arts and a strong concern for health and society are some of its distinctive characteristics.

    Y1: Berlin - Y2: Amsterdam

  • Ahmed Fath

    Ahmed Fath

    My name is Ahmed Fath, from Egypt. I have a bachelor degree in Medicine since 2013. I worked as a neurosurgery resident for 2 years then for one year as a radiology resident. I had an interest in neuroscience during my study then during my career, especially neuroimaging and image guided intervention like invasive and non- invasive brain stimulation. It is my pleasure to be part of Neurasmus, and I am thankful for giving this great opportunity to pursue my career in Neuroscience. I am now one of a Track 4 first year students who started at Charite university Berlin .

    Y1: Berlin - Y2: Bordeaux

  • Gia Kutelia

    Gia Kutelia

    My journey with Neurasmus started quite simply, I was searching for master programs to apply for and I just googled “best master programme in neuroscience in Europe” and I found Neurasmus. The diversity of choices for tracks, for countries and for labs is the best thing of Neurasmus for me. I have already done my first semester in Bordeaux, which was quite intense and complex and sometimes stressful, but it gave me the opportunity to get familiar with all main branches of neuroscience and the most important one, it helped me to find my favourite - cognitive neuroscience, in which I want to continue my future career. Additionally, Erasmus scholarships are very helpful, we can concentrate on the study instead of thinking e.g. how to pay house rent. So, I think google was right and Neurasmus is really one of the best programmes in neurosciences to apply for.

    Y1: Bordeaux - Y2: Berlin

  • Monishita Dey

    Monishita Dey

    I am a currently a year 1 student following Track 1, and have been studying at the VU, Amsterdam for the past 6 months. The courses here are interesting and challenging and one always finds themselves surrounded by like-minded and enthusiastic peers. The faculty trains us to become wholesome scientists. We also get an opportunity to do a five month laboratory rotation. I am grateful to Neurasmsus for the financial support and the opportunity to learn and work at these high end research universities and centres.

    Y1: Amsterdam - Y2: Berlin

  • Belay Gebregergis

    Belay Gebregergis

    Before joining Neurasmus, I was working as pharmacology lecturer at Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia. With strong inclination in neuroscience and the vision to be part of this young field of science, I had to put persistent hard work and series of trials before I get privileged to join Neurasmus. With a background in pharmacology, I chose “Track 2 Neuropharmacology” in Universite de Bordeaux as my first year track. As a matter of fact, the first semester was intensive. But I witness that the courses are delivered by professors and researchers who demonstrate excellence in their specialty. At the end of the semester, I have gotten the entirety of the wide range of domains in neuroscience where it made it possible to imagine myself in my future academic career. For the five month internship the university avails a list of projects from which I joined the lab of Pascal Branchereau to study chloride homeostasis using electrophysiological, biochemical and imaging techniques. My plan for second year is to follow advanced courses in medical neuroscience in Berlin. Indeed Neurasmus is a prestigious family and truly international that provides the platform for flexible mobility and tremendously supports me to live my dreams. After completion of Neurasmus, I will pursue doctoral studies in neuropharmacology.

    Y1: Bordeaux - Y2: Berlin

  • Hong Ha Nguyen

    Hong Ha Nguyen

    I have long been holding the belief that in science, it is not "special talent" but to be "passionately curious" that matters, thus, I took my steps forward to join Neurasmus as an indulgence of my curiosity for the science of the brain. With a view to unraveling the secrets behind own behaviours and emotions, I had a determination to go deep into the nervous systems with even the most fundamental structure, or the tiniest compartments of the brain. Difficult as it might seem at the beginning, Neurasmus on the other hand, has opened my eyes to so many different aspects, to an extent that is far more than what I expected. Besides that, it would not have been a great adventure without the new friends that I made here. Up until now, I am happy that I have made the choice to join the program, which has brought me great experience in terms of academy, culture as well as friendship.

    Y1: Bordeaux - Y2: Amsterdam

  • Ummi Ciptasari

    Ummi Ciptasari

    After studying Pharmacology and briefly working as research assistant in Indonesia, I decided to get a graduate degree in Neuroscience. I joined Neurasmus because of the option to focus on Neuropharmacology and its international mobility scheme. My first year in Neurasmus has given me the opportunity to grow both as a person and student/researcher. Now I can't wait to start my second year in Berlin for new experiences and opportunities.

    Y1: Bordeaux - Y2: Berlin

  • Tamari Ghelaghutashvili

    Tamari Ghelaghutashvili

    Medicine is my passion and mission, exploring the depths of the brain - my challenge. Combined with the diversity and networking opportunities offered by the program, I’ve found myself in a dream come true. Neurasmus is opening the doors into ever developing field of Neuroscience for future generations.

    Y1: Berlin - Y2: Amsterdam

  • Subhi Arafat

    Subhi Arafat

    A physician and an aspiring neuroscientist, interested in neurotechnology and its clinical application. Halfway through the journey, Neurasmus is helping me define my research interests and career goals within the field of neuroscience. It has been life changing, on both academic and personal levels.

    Y1: Amsterdam - Y2: Berlin

2016-2018 Student Intake

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  • Daniela Guillen

    Daniela Guillen

    I studied Criminology & Psychology for my bachelor, and this got me very curious of the biological factors of behavior. Neruotransmitters being part of an explanation for our emotions? Stored fear memories could also influence our reactions to certain stimulus? How is all this happening in our brain? I started to read more about it, and the following that I asked to myself, that would change my life pathway, was: “How are neuroscientists studying all these questions?” This is when I decided to become a neuroscientist and realize it by myself!
    The experience that I have had with Neurasmus has been marvelous! Having experience in a lab, making research for 6 months, has been one of the greatest things I´ve done. Living in two different countries has helped me to become an expert in problem solving even when I don´t speak the language perfectly.

    Y1: Bordeaux - Y2: Berlin

  • Nikola Pausic

    Nikola Pausic

    During my Bachelors in Psychology I realized that I am more interested in behavioral neuroscience and neurobiology. Neurasmus gave me the opportunity to change my profession. Professors and laboratories that this master provides are incredible, however, if you are from non-EU country, prepare for paperwork nightmare.

    Y1: Amsterdam/Bordeaux - Y2: Laval

  • Yi Jen Chang

    Yi Jen Chang

    Before coming to Europe, I worked in a biotech startup for 3 years in the Marketing/Product Development team. I believe the ultimate goal of science is practical applications that make a better version of the world, and that's my motivation to apply for this program: advancing knowledge in neuroscience and dedicating myself in healthcare/science communication after completing the Master. To me Neuramus is an extraordinary experience where you find the most international and friendly environment for pursuing Neuroscience. On top of that, as everyone is coming from so different backgrounds, this cross-culture experience, open-minded people and the supportive circle built by Program coordinators, Neurasmus office, alumni and the students themselves helped me adapt and being more flexible to the dynamics and diversities this program offers. 

    Y1: Bordeaux - Y2: Berlin

  • Malika Renz

    Malika Renz

    Studied Psychology (B.Sc.) and Neuroscience (M.Sc.) in Heidelberg, Amsterdam and Berlin. Member of German National Academic Foundation, the NEURASMUS programme and German Neuroscience Society.
    Expertise: SPSS/R/Python, genome-wide association analysis, neuropsychological testing, MEG/EEG/sMRI, animal handling (rat/mouse).
    Research Interests: Complex trait genetics, adaptation in the auditory system & tinnitus, biomarker extraction from imaging data
    Goals: Contributing to the transfer of science into society, both as an "occupational hazard" and as a science communicator.
    Neurasmus offered me the opportunity to meet highly motivated young scientists from all over the world, learn alongside and from them. It motivated me to try and contribute to overcoming national borders in science in the future.

    Y1: Amsterdam - Y2: Berlin

  • Lya Katarina Paas Oliveros

    Lya Katarina Paas Oliveros

    My name is Lya Katarina Paas Oliveros; I was born in Mexico, but I am also German and Colombian. After finishing my studies in Psychology at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, I joined Neurasmus in summer 2016. Besides learning about the intriguing processes underlying the nervous system and about fancy neuroscientific techniques, this program has helped me to widen my neuroscientific family around the world.
    I joined the "Neurobiology and Neuropathology" track with the goal to learn about (f)MRI brain connectivity analysis in neurological and/or neuropsychiatric patients, but also in healthy people. The journey started at the Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin, my second hometown. I already had experience living there for some months in previous years, but I was eager to go back to this amazing city. During the first year, I had lectures on basic neurobiology and neuropathophysiology. In parallel, I did two lab rotations to learn to perform patch clamp experiments and volumetric magnetic resonance imaging analysis.
    I decided to go to the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam for my second year because they offer advanced courses in the Clinical Neuroscience track. Now, I am about to start my Internship in which I will analyze the association between synaptic and axonal immunohistochemistry and structural brain connectivity with DTI in the healthy aging brain.
    Having completed the Neurasmus master's program, I wish to continue my neuroscientific journey performing a Ph.D. in the field of clinical and/or cognitive neuroscience.

    Y1: Berlin - Y2: Amsterdam

  • Shiao-Fei Guu

    Shiao-Fei Guu

    Taiwanese, Psychology major. Always curious.
    I was actually already aiming for Neurasmus when I was still a bachelor student. I applied for the Neuroplasticity Track, and spent my first year in Bordeaux, second year in Amsterdam. Neurasmus has led me to a journey of amazing adventure and beautiful surprises. Not only did I get to experience the master programs from two prestigious universities, I also met so many inspiring peers, alumni, and professors through this program. This is truly an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that opened many doors for my future as a neuroscientist. I am very grateful for the combined efforts of the faculties that made this master program possible, and couldn't be happier."

    Y1: Bordeaux - Y2: Amsterdam

  • Paula Gomez

    Paula Gomez

    “As a person avid for knowledge, I take every opportunity I can to explore things that make me curious. I am very passionate about science, which reflects on the way I see the world and my future.
    I am experiencing Neurasmus as excitingly as challenging: every day a new topic to discover and unravel in which theory and practice go hand to hand, but also adapting to different cultures, learning styles and professional environments.”

    Y1: Bordeaux - Y2: Amsterdam

  • Markus Schweiger

    Markus Schweiger

    I wish I could write something about my research focus but truth is that pretty much everything related to the brain fascinates me. During the course of Neurasmus I have lived and studied in Amsterdam and Berlin and currently I am writing my master thesis at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Neurasmus has so far allowed me to not just advance my knowledge of neuroscience but has also enabled me to meet, interact and work with people from all around the world and I am enormously grateful for being part of it.

    Y1: Amsterdam - Y2: Berlin

  • Gillian Bonvic

    Gillian Bonvic

    I am from Canada and neuroscience has interested me for several years now.  I completed a B.Sc. in Neurosciences at the University of Calgary, Canada and participated in the "Neurobiology and Neuropathology" track in Neurasmus.  My first year was at the Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin and now, I am completing my second year at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.  Neurasmus has given me the chance to explore different areas of neuroscience while being surrounded by amazing, new friends from all over the world

    Y1: Berlin - Y2: Amsterdam

  • Anita Keshmirian

    Anita Keshmirian

    I studied computer engineering and cognitive science in Tehran, worked in Iran and then joined Neurasmus for my Master's in neuroscience.  Books:  J.D.Salinger's; Movies: Space Odyssey, the tree of life and Blade Runner What else? Maths, Philosophy of mind, recently “information theory” and also writing.
     And of course, I do love neuroscience (Inspiration: Sapolsky and Friston). I love to explore and experience. That is why I am doing science. Science is fun and what else is fun? Traveling and living in different cities with different cultures. That was what Neurasmus gave me. Great combination of science and life experience in Europe and also a great network of like-minded people.
    My goal as a researcher: Bridge the gap between computational, cognitive, and behavioral neuroscience.

    Y1: Berlin - Y2: Bordeaux

  • Ece Savran

    Ece Savran

    I am someone who has a big curiosity for learning and I always enjoy being in a stimulating environment. Neurasmus gave me a good opportunity to combine my passion with my career. It has been a really nice journey since the beginning and I believe that the academic and non-academic experience I gathered throughout these 2 years will help me to pursue my future goals.

    Y1: Bordeaux - Y2: Amsterdam

  • Dave Saraswat

    Dave Saraswat

    When I first started the Neurasmus program, I thought I knew what to expect: I had worked in several labs over the five previous years, and I had been living away from home for the past four. Despite my familiarity with both research and living abroad, the time I spent in the program has been a whirlwind of new challenges and experiences, be they linguistic, cultural, or even gastronomic! I have grown immensely as a result of this program. I will be starting medical school in the fall, and whether my career ends up becoming purely clinical or retains some amount of research, I have no doubt that the skills I have honed while studying in the Neurasmus program will serve me well.

    Y1: Bordeaux - Y2: Berlin

  • Allison McDonald

    Allison McDonald

    I'm originally from Canada. During my Bachelor's, I had the opportunity to complete one year of my studies in Amsterdam, which is where I first realized my passion for experiencing other cultures and learning in an international environment. These realizations led me to Neurasmus. During the Neurasmus program, I completed my first year at the University of Bordeaux, and my second year at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. Neurasmus gave me the opportunity to experience the academic and research environments of multiple european countries, all in an international setting. After graduating, I plan to start a PhD program in Europe.

    Y1: Bordeaux - Y2: Amsterdam

  • Kjara Pilch

    Kjara Pilch

    My name is Kjara and I within the field of Neurosciences I am highly fascinated by different processes involved in the signal transmission between synapses during health and disease.
    Being part of the Neurasmus team has not only allowed me to study at amazing international universities but also to conduct several interesting research projects in outstanding laboratories. After finishing my master’s degree, I will start my PhD at University College London in the United Kingdom.

    Y1: Berlin - Y2: Bordeaux

2015-2017 Student Intake

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  • Janssen Kotah

    Janssen Kotah

    I am a Filipino neuroscientist interested in accumulating as much knowledge, skills, and expertise in the field of neuroscience as possible in hopes of contributing to the further establishment of brain research in the Philippines. Neurasmus provided me a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be exposed to world class training in Germany and the Netherlands, and I will be forever grateful for the myriad of ways it has changed my life. Thanks to the doors that Neurasmus has opened, I am currently doing my PhD at the University of Amsterdam, where I am studying the later-life effects of early life stress exposure on the brain and body. I would like to continue building on everything I’ve learned from these past two years, and hopefully find a way to give back and contribute to the field someday.

    Y1: Berlin - Y2: Amsterdam

  • Maxime Houtekamer

    Maxime Houtekamer

    My name is Maxime Houtekamer, I am a critical thinker with a broad interest and a continuous desire to learn new things. I am currently a PhD student with Marijn Kroes at the Donders Institute in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. During the Neurasmus program, I learned how to be an independent scientist, an assertive employee, a global citizen and a somewhat convincing French speaker. I would recommend Neurasmus because you will not only be trained to be an excellent scientist, but you will also develop as a person and join a warm and well-connected network of neuroscientists around the world. And who knows- maybe many years from now I can tell you I can tell you it prepared me to become a professor.

    Y1: Bordeaux - Y2: Laval

  • Heba Ali

    Heba Ali

    I graduated the Pharmacy school with a great curiosity towards the brain and its functional disturbances in neuropsychiatric disorders. This is how I found my way to Neurasmus when I got to explore Neuroscience in two different research schools in Göttignen and Bordeaux. An important scientific finding I came across in my studies stated that environmental enrichment improves learning. Thinking about it now, I find that Neurasmus perfectly implements this idea through the multicultural social experience that it granted us, in addition to knowledge. To take my studies to the next level, I have started my PhD project in Göttingen, which investigates the neural circuitry of anxiety.

    Y1: Göttingen - Y2: Bordeaux/Göttingen

  • Zain Fanek

    Zain Fanek

    Physician-in-training by day, pseudo-boxer by night, and a self-identified macaron connoisseur. Three years ago I made the decision to apply to the Neurasmus program because it embodied the perfect combination of research experience and international exposure, and track 4 was especially of interest to me due to its clinical focus. I’m happy I made that decision, because I graduated from Neurasmus having gained an international family and scientific connections across several countries. I am currently completing my first semester of medical school in the US, and I plan to incorporate my research experience in my future clinical practice.

    Y1: Berlin - Y2: Bordeaux

  • Elena Kochova

    Elena Kochova

    I studied medicine because of my fondness for human biology and for the same reason I joined Neurasmus, with the idea that understanding the mysteries of the brain must be the most interesting thing you could do with your own brain. (It definitely is!) Neurasmus is a well-structured joint program that enables you to explore the world of neuroscientific research, challenge yourself and redefine your limits, discover new places and cultures, and meet many wonderful people. Although in the beginning I wasn't exactly sure where it would lead and in the end I opted for a career outside of academia, being part of this program is a decision I would make again and again. It opened up a whole world of opportunities, helped my career choices ripen and gave me freedom and confidence in my decisions. I am now working at a company that develops software for medical research with the aim to make research data reusable and to accelerate scientific discovery.

    Y1: Berlin - Y2: Amsterdam

  • Jemal Yesuf

    Jemal Yesuf

    I am on a journey; crossing borders and oceans in the pursuit of knowledge. Research and Teaching are the two things that excite me the most career wise.
    Being a NEURASMUS student has been the highlight of my academic achievements and an amazing personal experiment.
    On top creating an outstanding educational platform for neuroscience enthusiast, NEURAMUS provides with a family of great friends and colleagues whose talent and experiences one can benefit a great deal from!
    Following completion of my NEURASMUS journey, I moved to Canada and I am currently doing my PhD at McGill University.

    Y1: Coimbra - Y2: Amsterdam

  • Marishka Mehta

    Marishka Mehta

    Hi! I am Marishka, from 2015-17 batch. I did my first year at Université de Bordeaux and second year at Université Laval. These two years with Neurasmus were filled with ample of opportunities which allowed for personal and professional development. As a recent graduate, I am taking some time off to evaluate career options and work on the specific skill set required for it. 

    Y1: Bordeaux - Y2: Laval

  • Alek Hanafi

    Alek Hanafi

    I joined my Neurasmus journey in 2015 after defending my bachelor thesis in molecular biology. I chose the track 6 and had no problem with a transition to the field of neuroscience. My Neurasmus story is very pleasant; I learned a lot, traveled a lot (especially in France) and managed to obtain a B1 level of French in 2 years. My goal is to work in the healthcare data science industry after the PhD. At the moment I am doing my PhD in Sensory Neuroscience at the University of Göttingen. I would like to thank the EU commission for giving me this opportunity and Dr Nadjar and Ms Florina for their help throughout the Master program. For networking related to the data science industry and consulting, I am available at: Queries about the Neurasmus application process are kindly, yet firmly declined.

    Y1: Bordeaux - Y2: Berlin

2014-2016 Student Intake

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  • Sahana Srinivasan

    Sahana Srinivasan

    I am a neuroscience nerd, a raging intersectional feminist, and a firm believer in kindness. I joined Neurasmus for a European Master in Neuroscience after completing a Bachelors in Biotechnology from the Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT-Vellore), India. While my formative education showed me the wonderful world of the life sciences, it was the Neurasmus program that gave me the science, the mental fortitude, and the emotional support I needed to kickstart my professional journey on an entirely foreign continent. In two years, across three universities through four semesters, my one mind fell entirely in love with the brain and its infinite mysteries. I do my detective work now as a PhD student at the Inflammation Research Center, VIB-UGent - since 2016, I've been studying the role of early neuroinflammation in Alzheimer's disease. Long-term, I aim to work towards shaping early science education curriculum in India, and encourage a new generation of scientists driven by curiosity and tempered by logic.

    Y1: Amsterdam - Y2: Berlin/Coimbra

  • Allyson Trevino

    Allyson Trevino

    Allyson Treviño García, friends and family call me Ally, Mexican biotechnologist, living in Monterrey, Mexico, coffee+books lover and world traveler.
    4th generation of the Neurasmus Program. Joined track 1: Amsterdam, great University, awesome curriculum, you’ve never experienced stress before as the one lived in these courses, but believe me it is completely worth! – Berlin, could you ask for a better city? If Clinical neuroscience is your call this is the best option, and you’ll never get bored in here, seriously there’s no city like Berlin. – Coimbra, the best(est) food and incredible people! Had the opportunity to work in an amazing research group and combine both basic and applied research.
    The Master is challenging and defiant, but the personal and professional growth is incomparable and indescribable. Luckily, you’ll find a family within this community that will support you through both the good and the hard times.
    Best advice: a trip to a new place, with a good book and to enjoy a good concert, will make you life easier when leaving abroad and far from home.
    Started my professional life as a scientist, switch pipettes for a desk and laptop. In love with the brain and the study of human behavior, I’m currently working in the development, management and evaluation of social-impact projects, focused on behavior change to achieve sustainability of life sciences programs, aiming to improve the life quality of vulnerable communities of Latin America.

    Y1: Amsterdam - Y2: Berlin/Coimbra

  • Carolina Henriques

    Carolina Henriques

    My name is Carolina and I am originally from Lisbon, Portugal. I like to think of myself as a person with a bubbly personality (others might just say overtalkative). Besides being a neuroscientist in the making, I also do science outreach and advocate for women in science. I enjoy the beach in the summer, the snow in the winter, and pineapple on my pizza all year long.
    My goal is to combine exploring the brain while discovering the people and the world around me.
    Neurasmus is a rollercoaster: a fast paced journey, where I experienced ups and downs (mostly ups) and unexpected turns, always surrounded by amazing people. One of the best opportunities in my life, as I learned about my favorite subject, performed research in different laboratories, and lived in three different countries, all in two years.
    After Neurasmus I worked for one year at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (USA) and am now in the process of applying to graduate programs. 

    Y1: Amsterdam - Y2: Bordeaux

  • Ömer Faruk Öztürk

    Ömer Faruk Öztürk

    I am a physician who is interested in translational research in psychiatry. After the unique experience with Neurasmus Master Program, I have decided to go back to clinic and start my residency education. I worked for a short time in a neurology department in Germany until I got another unique position that fits exactly my wishes about my career as a clinician-scientist. I am working as a resident physician at the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy of the Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich since June 2017 and I am working at the same time as a researcher in frame of Residency/PhD Program at the International Max Planck Research School for Translational Psychiatry as well as at the Munich Medical Research School. As a clinician-scientist, I wish to translate my clinical and research experiences into the improvement of patients' mental health and their quality of life.
    I highly recommend this unique European master program to everyone who wants to learn neuroscience deeply while experiencing Europe.

    Y1: Berlin - Y2: Bordeaux

  • Sakib Sadman

    Sakib Sadman

    "Be patient & work hard", that has always been my lifelong motto. I believe, success only comes to those who are patient and honest. For me, Neurasmus has truly been a life-changing experience! I still vividly remember that night in 24 March 2014, when I got the acceptance email from Florina! My whole life changed after that night and I will forever be thankful for this impeccable opportunity & generosity from every member of Neurasmus. My Sincere gratitude goes to the whole Neurasmus team, specially Agnès, Florina & Michael for this wonderful experience! Neurasmus has not only given me to be in the "best-possible-Neuroscience-masters-ever", it facilitated me greatly to get accepted into my PhD studies too because of it's extraordinary reputation and unique joint-degree system. Although Neurasmus program was for only 2 years, it has created a family for a lifetime for me. Just shoot me an email anytime, I will be very happy to cooperate by any means! 

    Y1: Göttingen - Y2: Bordeaux/Göttingen

  • Madhura D. Ketkar

    Madhura D. Ketkar

    I studied Biotechnology before venturing into the challenging field of Neuroscience. While I dreamed of researching certain marvels of our brain, I knew little of the scientific approaches to be taken. Neurasmus provided me with a versatile training program that would transform my naive aspirations into more mature ones. With its carefully designed 'tracks', the program ensured not only a thorough learning experience, but also an opportunity to try different realms of Neuroscience so that my further steps could be adapted to my taste. I am currently pursuing PhD in Göttingen - with an engaging topic and in a nourishing environment - all thanks to Neurasmus. As an alumna who truly benefitted from Neurasmus support, I recommend the Master program to all future Neuroscientists!

    Y1: Göttingen - Y2: Bordeaux/Göttingen

  • Marta Nabais

    Marta Nabais

    Neurasmus was one of the most incredible experiences I ever had: we are constantly “forced” to leave our comfort zones, learn everything we can about the brain and still be expected to maintain our sanity.
    During those two years, I lived in four different countries; finally understood the concept of “all-nighters”; my blood turned 65% caffeine and I’ve grown a lot, both as an individual and a scientist. If I had the chance to tell the people who selected me what I’m most grateful for, I would tell them “you gave me the chance to actually begin to know myself, through the eyes of others”. It’s the most incredible feeling, when you are genuinely proud of most your life options, believe me. Neurasmus was also when I came in close contact with the field of complex trait genetics and I came to the sweet realization that it was probably going to be my lifelong passion. At the moment I'm a PhD candidate at The University of Queensland (Australia) and The University of Exeter (England; yes it's another international collaborative program that I apparently gained a taste for) and I'm working on cross-disorder analysis of DNA methylation of brain disorders.

    Y1: Amsterdam - Y2: Bordeaux/Berlin

  • Pilar El Hamoury

    Pilar El Hamoury

    Prior to joining Neurasmus in 2014, I was a BSc.-graduate of Biomedical Sciences and an experimenter of the online marketing field at a technology start-up in Palestine. My scientific research interests were oriented towards understanding the pathogenesis of psychiatric and neurological disorders, hence my choice of Neurasmus track 4. It started in Medical Neurosciences in Berlin, with a neuropathology theme that kept me alert and fascinated during classes, and afterwards I chose Universite de Bordeaux for their focus on neuropsychopharmacology which aligned well with my pursuit of researching and understanding the neurobiological correlates of psychiatric disorders and the pharmacological approaches used in treatment. The other obvious reason was the charm of French cities and culture. My Neurasmus journey was like a whirlwind roller coaster ride, scary at the very first, intense at times, but ultimately it proved to be of the fun, enlightening and life-altering variety. The educational and research program of Neurasmus is unparalleled by any other neuroscience master program, along with the mobility scheme, it offered a large variety of course topics and research lines. Equally as important for me, was meeting brilliant people; students and faculty from all over, who are now my lifelong friends and mentors. I seek to extend my Neurasmus experience by continuing to be a part of the Neurasmus family, and trying to be an involved alumnus.

    Y1: Berlin - Y2: Bordeaux

  • Milan Jovanovic

    Milan Jovanovic

    I am from Serbia where I graduated at the Faculty of Medical Sciences of Kragujevac University. Following the completion of the Serbian state exam I enrolled in the International Graduate Program Medical Neuroscience (NEURASMUS). During the first year of the master studies I was trained in cellular and molecular level techniques at the Center for Neuroscience and Cell Biology of Coimbra University, Portugal. Further on, I performed my master thesis at Charité - Universitätsmedizin, Berlin investigating the link between multiple sclerosis and metabolic dysfunction, with a focus on peripheral immune cells. After this great experience I decided to discover possibilities outside of academia and finally got involved into an interesting project within the field of digital health. I am working at Ada as medical scientist and I am providing my team members with medical and scientific background for the new features of our product.

    Y1: Coimbra - Y2: Berlin

  • Anna Amelianchik

    Anna Amelianchik

    I am NYC-based pizza rat pursuing a Ph.D. in complaining.
    I completed the first year of my Neurasmus training at the VU Amsterdam and the second year - at the Charite Universitatsmedizin Berlin. My Master thesis project was done at the Bellvitge Biomedical Research Institute in Barcelona, Spain.
    One of the unique features of the program is the flexibility that it gives you when choosing host laboratories: during my first year in Amsterdam, I was able to do an external rotation in the lab of Dr. Paul Lucassen at the University of Amsterdam. With the support of the program, I was able to work there for six months and co-author two primary research articles.
    In the next few years, I will be completing my doctoral training in the lab of Dr. Sidney Strickland as part of the David Rockefeller Graduate Program in Bioscience at The Rockefeller University in New York, NY.

    Y1: Amsterdam - Y2: Berlin

  • Wei Liang

    Wei Liang

    Before joining Neurasmus, I wasn't sure which part of neuroscience I would enjoy the most. What I like about the program is the range of resources that is available for everyone to explore. In Neuramus, I was able to be pin down my interest to computational/theoretical neuroscience and develop relevant skills. I was lucky to be able to work with a fantastic theory group in Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience in Berlin and a lovely computational imaging group in Amsterdam. The diverse cultural and language experiences were also unforgettable. Right now I'm doing a PhD in computational neuroscience at the University of Chicago. I would truly recommend Neurasmus to anyone who is ready to embark on a grand tour of Neuroscience and of Europe.

    Y1: Berlin - Y2: Amsterdam

2013-2015 Student Intake

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  • Suzanne Van der Veldt

    Suzanne Van der Veldt

    In life, I strive to positively impact people’s health and wellbeing on a large scale, and I want to do this in what I believe to be the most exciting and dynamic field in science: Neuroscience. It is an incredibly exciting time to be a neuroscientist, as strides forward have been made that could not be imagined only two decades ago. Building on my undergraduate training in psychology and cognitive neuroscience, the Neuramus program allowed me to not only fortify and diversify my scientific skills, but also taught me the importance of a strong international network of like-minded people. Thanks to Neurasmus, I have built a unique set of skills, that allowed me to be qualify for a spot in the McGill PhD program in Neuroscience, and to recently secure funding through the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship, a major stepping stone for my scientific career.

    Y1: Amsterdam/Bordeaux - Y2: Berlin

  • Sofia Jacob

    Sofia Jacob

    I’m originally from Argentina and I have been living abroad for the last 10 years. I am passionate about neuroscience and I believe the best way to gain understanding is through integrative and interdisciplinary approaches. Before joining the Neurasmus program, I completed a 4-year Bachelor’s degree in Science, Honors in Psychology – Behavioral Neuroscience, at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada.
    Apart from the international aspect of the Neurasmus program, which was of course very appealing, the main reason I chose the Neurasmus Master was because it offers the possibility to carry out multiple laboratory rotations in different topics. This was an important factor for me before deciding on the area of research for my PhD. Studying, living and completing lab rotations in different institutions was a real eye opener. The Neurasmus Master program not only gives students the opportunity to study in some of the best universities in Europe, but it also represents a real international experience.
    I’m currently in the 3rd year of my PhD at the Laboratory for Biological Psychology at KU Leuven and Janssen Research and Development in Belgium. My thesis project focuses in neurophysiological imaging of brain network activity associated with neurodegenerative disorders.

    Y1: Berlin - Y2: Amsterdam/Bordeaux

  • Francesca Schonsberg

    Francesca Schonsberg

    Francesca is expecially attracted by studying collective behavior emerging from complex systems such as the brain and her goal is to obtain a comprehensive understanding of natural phenomenas.
    Her journey through Neurasmus enabled her to understand and develop her field of interest, to make international friends and to meet different cultures.
    After NEURASMUS she did a master in Physics of Complex Systems at the IFISC institute of Mallorca, she then took a gap year and she is now a PhD student, within the M-GATE ITN, in theoretical neuroscience, part of the LIMBO group at the SISSA institut of Trieste.

    Y1: Göttingen - Y2: Bordeaux/Göttingen

  • John Noel M. Viaña

    John Noel M. Viaña

    Mr. Viaña is originally from the Philippines, where he obtained his bachelor's degree in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology. He has long been fascinated by the intricacies and complexities of the brain, along with its potential for plasticity. The Neurasmus program not only allowed him to expand his knowledge on the brain at the molecular, cellular, and systems levels, but also allowed him to learn more about Dutch and French cultures, establish friendships and intellectual connections with other Neurasmus students, and thrive in a dynamic multi-national and multi-cultural learning environment. Neurasmus truly is a program that goes beyond its promise of exposing students to neuroscientific theory and practice; it also emboldens students and empowers them with translatable skills that they will need to survive both in and out of the academia. Mr. Viaña is currently a PhD in Neuroethics student at the University of Tasmania in Australia, exploring salient ethical considerations in the translation of novel neuroscientific technologies from the laboratory to the clinic.

    Y1: Amsterdam - Y2: Bordeaux

  • Nadja Oellrich

    Nadja Oellrich

    My name is Nadja and I studied in Coimbra and Amsterdam. I conducted my Master research at the Champalimaud Center for the Unkown in Lisbon, Portugal. Neurasmus has been enriching and shaping in many ways, professionally and personally. While enabling me to study neuroscience tailored to my personal interests (and helped me narrow them down), it also provided me with a wide-spread professional network at a very early stage in my scientific career. Also, I grew a strong love for Pastéis de nata. After graduating from Neurasmus I continued in the lab in Lisbon for a while and began to work as the coordinator of an academic premedical program (Medical Preparatory Year at Jacobs University Bremen, Germany). I recently moved to New York and am looking for a position here.

    Y1: Coimbra - Y2: Amsterdam

  • Vernon Garcia

    Vernon Garcia

    I love discovering the world, not only as a neuroscientist-in-the-making, but also beyond it (food, art, music, travelling, friendships, etc...). Neurasmus was indeed the perfect mixture of it all. I did Track 4, starting my studies in Berlin in late 2013, and then moving to Bordeaux for my second year, where I finish my master thesis in mid 2015. I am currently in my 3rd year of PhD in Neuroscience in Bordeaux, studying the neurobiology of addiction, and already considering potential post-doctoral positions in my field.

    Y1: Berlin - Y2: Bordeaux

  • Aleksandra Ichkova

    Aleksandra Ichkova

    Ever since the first “real” microscope my mother imported for me from her travels, I have been passionate about science and research and discovering the world around me. Therefore joining Neurasmus was a major milestone in my life; I got the opportunity to study the brain at some of the best neuroscience programs in Europe and be trained in a wonderful, stimulating interdisciplinary environment. Being a Neurasmate is having it all: not only that you are prepared to step into the research world as a skillful independent neuroscientist but the unique structure of the program allows a level of personal growth that is incomparable to any other neuroscience program. My Neurasmus experiences, scientific and personal, the first experiments and inspiring lectures, the travels and neuro-meetings, are now some of my fondest memories; my Neurasmate friends are now some of my closest family. Thanks to the program I also got my PhD position where I work on a project that I find more inspiring with every new year. As for the future, I know that no matter where life takes me, I will never stop being curious about the brain and life and I will always carry a piece of Neurasmus with me.

    Y1: Amsterdam - Y2: Bordeaux

  • Lieke Hofmans

    Lieke Hofmans

    I am extremely curious, about a lot of things, which makes it a bit hard for me at times to focus on one thing. I also need a lot of variety in my life not to get bored. Fortunately, a life in science means that I can work on various different tasks. That in combination with sports, traveling and trying out new places to eat and drink makes my life very diverse at the moment.
    My journey with Neurasmus started in summer 2013 in Bordeaux, where we had our introduction week. It felt like I had been friends with these people for years, although we just met. Add a wonderful curriculum, living abroad, great professional opportunities, and karaoke from time to time, and I just had the time of my life!
    Neurasmus has been and still is of great value to me. Not only on a professional level (I've got a great network around the world), but also on a personal level. You have no idea how many times after Neurasmus I have bumped into Neurasmates at the silliest places and had a great time with them.
    In the near future I will (hopefully) finish my PhD at the Donders Institute in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. 

    Y1: Coimbra - Y2: Berlin/Amsterdam

  • Yasmine Fathy

    Yasmine Fathy

    “My name is Yasmine Fathy. I am Egyptian born in Rome, Italy and lived quite an international life due to my father’s job in the Egyptian ministry of foreign affairs. Before joining Neurasmus, I had completed a Bachelors degree in Biology in the USA where I also worked as a nurse aid in a psychiatric hospital for elderly. I then took an oath upon myself to be more equipped to do something for patients. So, I moved back to Egypt and studied Medicine. During that time, I also volunteered in multiple institutes in Europe and USA obtaining training in Neuroscience. I am currently a phD candidate in Amsterdam, studying the pathological and clinical correlates of degeneration on Parkinson’s disease using post-mortem human brains and imaging modalities”.
    I am enthusiastic about learning new things: languages, techniques, and anything that makes a difference in my life. I believe very much in good education and will always be willing to acquire new skills and knowledge.
    Neurasmus was my way to the education and research experience I had hoped for. I was able to understand a lot about Neuroscience in multiple institutes in Europe. And it allowed me to meet the right people who opened the doors for me to become a good researcher. Neurasmus is a very good program allowing mobility within Europe and exchange of knowledge and expertise. I recommend the program to anyone interested in Neuroscience and believe it was particularly useful for international students who wouldn’t have been able to afford the cost of education in Europe.
    What’s next: Defending my phD and exploring what is ahead of me. I look forward to combining clinical work with research. This has been my goal for many years and I will try to equip myself with the knowledge and skills to be able to do so.

    Y1: Berlin - Y2: Amsterdam

  • Lorena Freitas

    Lorena Freitas

    Hi there, I’m Lorena, an easy-going, fun-loving Brazilian student on a scientific quest in Europe. After finishing my degree in Computer Science back home and working as a software developer for a couple of years, I thought it was time to apply my experience in a more meaningful way, and so I applied for a masters in Neuroscience. Neurasmus was the perfect programme to bring together people from a wide range of backgrounds such as biologists, doctors, physicists and computer scientists (such as myself) who had the common goal of performing state-of-the-art neuroscience research, and put them all on the same page. It was an incredible opportunity to share not only scientific knowledge, but also to establish a true bonding with new friends from all over the world! Out of the amazing doors Neurasmus opened to me I chose to carry out my doctoral studies at the EPFL (Switzerland), where I currently study brain development in preterm-born children. When I’m done in 2020, I hope my next adventures will continue to involve meaningful work that brings not only fulfilment to myself, but also benefits to society in general.

    Y1: Amsterdam - Y2: Berlin

  • Oli Abate Fulas

    Oli Abate Fulas

    I am originally from Ethiopia, a physician by training. Neurasmus was my first introduction to the field of basic science research. The two years I spent there were both intense and exciting. Other than setting me up on a promising career path, Neurasmus has opened opportunities for me to meet people from all over the world, get to experience different cultures and visit vibrant European cities. I am currently a PhD candidate in the Integrated Program for Neuroscience at McGill University, in Montreal-Quebec, working on developing topical analgesics that target tissue oxygenation and oxidative stress in the treatment of neuropathic pain and CRPS-1.

    Y1: Göttingen - Y2: Bordeaux/Göttingen

2012-2014 Student Intake

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  • Eskedar Angamo

    Eskedar Angamo

    As a fellow graduate, I would like to work on improving quality of health care, research, and education in Africa and across the globe. Neurasmus was an opportunity of a life time. I had quality education, met amazing people, experienced different cultures, and travelled across Europe. I would like to say thank you for giving me this chance.
    Currently, I completed my PhD studies in neurophysiology from Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin and I am in the process of starting medical residency in US with the ambition of combining research and clinical practice..

    Y1: Coimbra - Y2: Berlin

  • Thilo Buck

    Thilo Buck

    I transitioned from a BSc in (biological) psychology via a MSc in Neuroscience to a PhD position in cell & molecular biology & translational medicine and I loved every step! Especially, the NEURASMUS master program widened my horizon on all the exciting research in Europe.  I currently work as a PhD student on AAV-mediated gene therapy and stem cell retinal organoid models in the Netherlands. For that, I am forever grateful! I did enjoy my time. I became friends with a diverse international group of people. So now, I only need to publish or perish ☺. See y’all on the congress meetings.
    My favourite memory with Neurasmus:
    I really enjoyed my last NEURASMUS meeting before my graduation in Berlin during the football World Championship in summer 2014. The weather was great (no rainy weather like in the Netherlands), the atmosphere was electric (football championship) and the gezelligheid (Dutch word: social & wet mood) of my fellow Neurasmites was amazing. How we walked through the streets and everyone was chanting – unforgettable. Thank you NEURASMUS!
    Bordeaux really did great efforts helping us finding a suitable lab. It was a bit more tricky in Amsterdam. But once I found one, I managed to stick around and get a PhD position. Now, I am 1 ½ years in my program.

    Y1: Amsterdam/Bordeaux - Y2: Berlin/Amsterdam

  • Mariana Cerdeira

    Mariana Cerdeira

    I'm a Neurasmus alumna from the second generation (Göttingen and Bordeaux track). I organize the Neurasa Career Workshops for the annual meetings and am part of the advisory board. I'm now finishing my PhD in Berlin and I'm also a science writer and communicator. Neurasmus has been a life-defining experience for me and I can recommend it to everyone who wants to be part of a high quality, warm and collaborative scientific community.
    Here is the link to my LinkedIn profile:

    Y1: Göttingen - Y2: Bordeaux/Göttingen

  • Lourdes Fernández de Cossío

    Lourdes Fernández de Cossío

    Before Neurasmus, I was a neuropsychology trainee at the Cuban Institute of Neurology and Neurosurgery, evaluating children with neurologic diseases and neurodevelopmental disorders as part of an incredible team of medical specialists. However, I grew ever more interested in the underlying biology of these disorders and ongoing research that I felt could ultimately help uncover better treatments.
    Coming from a clinical background, Neurasmus helped me build a foundation in basic Neuroscience through intense courses, at the VU Amsterdam in the Netherlands and at the Charite Medical University in Berlin, and great laboratory experiences at the Max-Delbruck Centre in Berlin and the NutriNeuro Lab in Bordeaux. Through Neurasmus I also met and formed friendships with really amazing students from all over the world and experienced living in several European cities, which broadened my perspective on life.
    It was an amazing and unique experience that set me up for my PhD work with an animal model of prenatal inflammation and neurodevelopmental disorders at McGill University, which I am now close to completing. I am lucky and proud to be a Neurasmus alumni.

    Y1: Amsterdam-Bordeaux et Y2: Berlin-Bordeaux

  • Kevin Richards

    Kevin Richards

    I joined the Neurasmus programme because it allowed me to be in an international environment with students coming from many different cultures and I could follow excellent classes and do internships in cutting-edge labs in imaging in different countries. I was the first student to explore Université Laval and do lab internships in great imaging facilities. I was implicated with EMA (Erasmus Mundus students and alumni Association) as a Programme Representative and in different teams. With the help of other alumni, I created Neurasa (Neurasmus students and alumni association) that has organized several social and career-related events. After Neurasmus, I obtained a teaching degree and I am currently teaching maths, science and IT in a secondary school in Switzerland. I highly encourage students to apply to this programme as it offers great lab opportunities, you'll meet people from everywhere and you are treated as a VIP.

    Y1: Amsterdam/Bordeaux- Y2: Laval

  • Hunter Gits

    Hunter Gits

    Whether playing sports or practicing medicine, I enjoy teamwork and am motivated to improve for the sake of others. Following graduation from Neurasmus, I entered medical school with continued research interests in neuroscience. Neurasmus opened my eyes to an incredible group of people with a broad array of perspectives and backgrounds. Through specialized training with these people and flexible research opportunities, Neurasmus inspired me to seek complex problems and empowered me to discover impactful solutions. I now am entering medical residency in radiation oncology with a focus on treating patients with CNS tumors.

    Y1: Berlin - Y2: Amsterdam

  • Abinaya Ravisankar

    Abinaya Ravisankar

    I received an undergraduate degree in Bioengineering from India and joined the Neurasmus program in 2012 after 1.5 years of working as a research scholar at MIT-Harvard HST division and the Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston, USA. I was just beginning to develop an interest in neuroscience and the Neurasmus program offered me the training I needed to begin my career as a neuroscientist. I chose Track1 - Amsterdam/Bordeaux (Neurogenetics and neural plasticity) and spent the first semester doing coursework in Amsterdam and the second semester working on a research project to investigate clathrin mediated endocytosis in neuronal development using rat hippocampal neurons and TIRF microscopy with Dr. David Perrais at Daniel Choquet's lab in Bordeaux. During year 2, I chose to do advanced coursework in clinical neuroscience and a short lab rotation on the effects of folic acid deficiency in a mouse model of brain injury at Charite medical school, Berlin. For my master's thesis I worked under the guidance of Dr. Hilde Lavreyson at JnJ pharmaceuticals to evaluate the pharmacology of allosteric modulators targeting mGluRs using radio-ligand binding assays as part of a drug development project for psychiatric disorders. My research experiences in the neurasmus program led to an interest in understanding fundamental molecular mechanisms underlying neurological diseases. Following graduation in 2014, I moved back to the US and joined Dr. Steve Finkbeiner's lab at UCSF (University of California San Francisco) to investigate protein degradation pathways in Parkinson's disease using human neuronal models. Currently I am working towards a PhD in Neuroscience at the Vollum Institute at OHSU (Oregon Health & Sciences University) in Portland, US. For me, the neurasmus experience provided the perfect blend of coursework and high-quality research opportunities across multiple laboratories. This diverse training program along with the multicultural experiences from living in four EU countries has broadened my social and scientific network.

    Y1: Amsterdam/Bordeaux - Y2: Berlin/Bordeaux

  • Stephanie Bianchi

    Stephanie Bianchi

    I am naturally curious and incredibly passionate about the work that I care about. I am driven to understand the brain and especially the mind on a much deeper level. Ever since I was a child I became intrigued by the nature of the mind, thoughts and emotions and that is why I was drawn to study Neuroscience, Meditation and Mindfulness.
    As I was studying the Master's Program I had an epiphany where I saw myself studying everything about the brain on an intellectual and academic level, but did not understand the true nature of the mind and consciousness. This finding then led me to dive deeper into Meditation and Mindfulness studies in the years after, disciplines that I now get to call my work. I am dedicated now to educate and expand the awareness of the true nature of the mind, sharing and teaching Mindfulness tools, as well as supporting scientific research that is being done on the field.
    My journey within Neurasmus was one of the best experiences of my life, allowing me to get to know myself better as well as providing me with excellent tools to create my life's dream.
    I could only but recommend Neurasmus to anyone wanting to study the brain as well as expanding their true potential as a human being. One grows so much on a personal and intellectual level, that one is provided with fantastic tools to navigate the professional and personal life afterwards.
    Currently, I am developing Mindful Guatemala, a social business we co-funded in 2015, dedicated to the education and awareness of Mindfulness and Meditation in different populations in Guatemala. In 2018, we plan to study different population on the effects of the MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction 8-week Program) and continue to establish a side project, the Foundation for a Mindful Guatemala.

    Y1: Coimbra - Y2: Bordeaux

  • Macarena Gomez de Salazar

    Macarena Gomez de Salazar

    I could define myself as an outgoing person, travel-addict, seeking always for new experiences in life and science. I believe my years in Neurasmus have built my present me in neuroscience research, allowing me to pursue a PhD in Neurobiology and creating a huge network of neuroscientists. I think that everyone that I met in Neurasmus, will be part of my professional family, still it feels the same that the first day we met.
    I am currently finishing my PhD thesis and looking forward to the next step in my neuroscientific career, hopefully I will pursue a postdoc in challenging new topic within Neuroscience.

    Y1: Amsterdam/Bordeaux - Y2: Berlin/Amsterdam

  • Sindhuja Gowrisankaran

    Sindhuja Gowrisankaran

    I am someone who enjoys finding answers to fundamental questions and this was my drive to understand basics of Neuronal cell biology. I am meticulous about details and don't mind working hard to find the solution to a problem. I enjoy learning new things.
     The journey during the 2 years and after that within Neurasmus has been very enlightening and positive. I have met some great people over the years, made good friends, experienced the science culture in multiple countries and learn some of the best lessons in life.
     It provides a perfect platform to explore the field of Neuroscience, gain expertise depending on our topic of interest and the most important of all, meet great people from different countries and background: it is a wholesome experience.
    I am currently pursuing my doctoral studies in the field of Neuronal cell biology in Göttingen and would like to further pursue research in this topic as a post-doctoral research fellow.

    Y1: Göttingen - Y2: Bordeaux/Göttingen

  • Sarah Hijazi

    Sarah Hijazi

    I did my Bachelor in Chemistry with a minor in Psychology at the American University of Beirut. My interest in fundamental neurobiology and neuropsychology drew me to neuroscience research. I became interested in understanding how memories are formed and stored in the brain. I also hoped to apprehend a more fundamental understanding of the brain while exploring the psychological and social dimensions of it.
    I was accepted in the Neurasmus Program in 2012. I did my first year in Berlin and my second year in Amsterdam where I did my final internship. In addition to the fact that both cities are great places to be in, Neurasmus exposed me to a varied neuroscience network and allowed me to perform several internships in the two different cities, exposing me to different work environments. Furthermore, my thesis internship in Amsterdam provided me with a Phd position that enabled me to follow-up on my project and gave me the opportunity to stay in Amsterdam for 4 more years. 

    Y1: Berlin - Y2: Amsterdam

  • Ahmed Khalil

    Ahmed Khalil

    Hello! My name is Ahmed Khalil and I'm from Sudan. I graduated in medicine in 2010 and worked briefly as a doctor before starting my postgraduate training in neuroscience. I'm also an avid science writer, blogger, open science activist, and football fan.
    I joined Neurasmus in 2012, spending the first year at the Charité in Berlin studying the link between neurobiology and disease and then moving to Bordeaux, where I took advanced courses on addiction and psychopharmacology.
    For me, Neurasmus has been by far the most unique and rewarding experience of my life - if you're into neuroscience and looking for novelty and excitement (even if you're a little afraid of it), there is simply no better way to bring these things together.
    I'm currently finishing up my PhD in Berlin, helping to develop imaging methods for measuring blood flow and tissue oxygenation in stroke patients. In 2018, I'll be transitioning to clinical practice as a trainee radiologist to fulfill my career goal of becoming a clinician-scientist.
    Here is the link to my website/blog

    Y1: Berlin - Y2: Bordeaux/Berlin

  • Tamer Atef

    Tamer Atef

    My interest in science has been aroused by my Science teacher was teaching us, during prep school, the cell structure which has astonished me because of it is complexity and that its understanding is vital for every aspect in human life. Therefore, I decided, back then, that understanding the cellular processes and functions will be the pursuit of my life. After finishing my undergraduate and some postgraduate studies in Egypt, I was lucky to join the neurasmus program which has helped me to realize the first objective of my scientific dream through studying at two of the best European neuroscience centers in Göttingen and Bordeaux. Such fabulous opportunity has equipped me with the required skills and knowledge to join the IMPRS neuroscience PhD program where I could conduct a cutting edge research and help understanding disease mechanisms. As a result, I managed to publish my PhD research outcomes in high impact journals and help understanding the progression of CMT1A disease.

    Y1: Göttingen - Y2: Bordeaux/Göttingen

  • Iryna Voytyuk

    Iryna Voytyuk

    I am a passionate neuroscientist, enthusiastic traveller and a proud Neurasmus grad. Joining the Neurasmus family was one of my life's best decisions and greatest accomplishments. The journey was a welcomed challenge, an incredible growth opportunity, without which I would not be where I am today both professionally and personally. I am now nearing the end of my PhD in the lab of this year's Brain Prize winner, Bart De Strooper, and looking forward to further research experiences in the field of neurodegeneration and inflammatory pathways aggravating Alzheimer's disease.

    Y1: Coimbra - Y2: Bordeaux

  • Ana Quadros

    Ana Quadros

    I have always enjoyed learning and understanding things around me, and hoped to be able to use knowledge to change the world. So, I chose to study Neuroscience as it allowed me to explore a personal passion, as well as having an impact in people’s life. Neurasmus was for me a great opportunity to go to excellent universities, and also be surrounded by highly motivated students, coming from different background, from whom I could learn. Neurasmus was one of the most exciting times of my life, and also a period of intense self-discovery. It opened a lot of doors in my carrer, which I used to get into a very exciting phD project, and hope will help me pursuit my career as a post-doc and group leader.

    Y1: Amsterdam/Bordeaux - Y2: Berlin/Amsterdam

  • Stacy Levichev

    Stacy Levichev

    Upon finishing my B.Sc. in Neuroscience and Physiology from UC San Diego, I wanted to explore the world without taking time off from school. Neurasmus presented the perfect opportunity for this, allowing me to move to Europe, meet people from all over the world, explore the research happening in these counties, and of course, continue studying neuroscience. I began the program in Berlin in 2012, concentrating on neural diseases and disorders. I then spent my second year in Bordeaux, taking classes on neuropharmacology and neural networks, and finally conducting my master thesis in the Neuroimaging and Cognition laboratory under Dr. Joel Swendsen. I said goodbye to my Neurasmus family in 2014 and returned to California with so many incredible memories and new experiences, in science and in life. After Neurasmus, I worked at Stanford University for a few years and then began my PhD at the University of Oregon. I am currently studying the role of the endocannabinoid system in feeding decisions and the associated neural circuitry in C. elegans.

    Y1: Berlin - Y2: Bordeaux


2016-2018 Student Intake

  • Vaishnavi BALAJI
    (Y1: Amsterdam - Y2: Bordeaux)
  • Anna MORR
    (Y1: Berlin - Y2: Bordeaux)
  • Jenifer RACHEL
    (Y1: Göttingen - Y2: Bordeaux/Göttingen)
    (Y1: Göttingen - Y2: Bordeaux/Göttingen)

2015-2017 Student Intake

  • Tizibt BOGALE
    (Y1: Göttingen - Y2: Bordeaux/Göttingen)
  • María Victoria FERNANDEZ BUSCH
    (Y1: Bordeaux - Y2: Amsterdam)
  • Muluken MAMO
    (Y1: Coimbra - Y2: Amsterdam)
    (Y1: Göttingen - Y2: Bordeaux/Göttingen)

2014-2016 Student Intake

  • Julia DE MEIJ
    (Y1: Berlin - Y2: Bordeaux)
  • Yu Bin HU
    (Y1: Berlin - Y2: Amsterdam)
  • Natalia OCHOCKA
    (Y1: Amsterdam - Y2: Berlin)
  • Kanishka WAGHMARE
    (Y1: Göttingen - Y2: Bordeaux/Göttingen)

2013-2015 Student Intake

    (Y1: Amsterdam - Y2: Bordeaux/Berlin)
    (Y1: Coimba - Y2: Bordeaux/Berlin)
    (Y1: Amsterdam/Bordeaux - Y2: Laval)
  • MD. Rezaul ISLAM
    (Y1: Göttingen - Y2: Bordeaux/Göttingen)
  • Lina Maria JAIME TOBON
    (Y1: Göttingen - Y2: Bordeaux/Göttingen)
  • Syeda Hurmatul QUADER
    (Y1: Berlin - Y2: Amsterdam)
  • Mohamad Yser ORABI
    (Y1: Amsterdam - Y2: Berlin)

2012-2014 Student Intake

  • Jan-Matthis LüCKMANN
    (Y1: Amsterdam - Y2: Bordeaux/Berlin)
  • Nemanja MILIćEVIć
    (Y1: Berlin - Y2: Amsterdam)
  • Miraj Muhammed MURSHED
    (Y1: Coimba - Y2: Amsterdam)
  • Oksana TROTSENKO
    (Y1: Coimba - Y2: Berlin)

2011-2013 Student Intake

  • Violeta Castelo SZÉKELY
    (Y1: Berlin - Y2: Amsterdam)
  • Xiaojie GAO
    (Y1: Amsterdam/Bordeaux - Y2: Amsterdam/Berlin)
  • Myroslav GEBURA
    (Y1: Göttingen - Y2: Bordeaux/Göttingen)
  • Ayşegül Özgür GEZER
    (Y1: Amsterdam/Bordeaux - Y2: Berlin/Bordeaux)
  • Luisa Austin HASAM HENDERSON
    (Y1: Berlin - Y2: Bordeaux/Berlin)
  • Ana Lucia HERRERA
    (Y1: Amsterdam/Bordeaux - Y2: Berlin)
  • Esperanza JUBERA
    (Y1: Berlin - Y2: Bordeaux/Berlin)
  • Nikolaos KARALIS
    (Y1: Berlin - Y2: Bordeaux)
  • Ioanina Sorana LAZAR<
    (Y1: Coimba - Y2: Berlin)/li>
  • Tamrat MAMO
    (Y1: Coimba - Y2: Bordeaux)
  • Samyutha RAJENDRAN
    (Y1: Göttingen - Y2: Bordeaux/Göttingen)
  • Natalie RENS
    (Y1: Coimba - Y2: Bordeaux)
    (Y1: Amsterdam/Bordeaux - Y2: Amsterdam/Bordeaux)
    (Y1: Göttingen - Y2: Bordeaux/Göttingen)
  • Pei ZHANG
    (Y1: Berlin - Y2: Bordeaux)

Success Story


Ahmed Khalil

“Neurasmus is helping me define my research interests and career goals within the field of neuroscience.”

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Neurasmus has been chosen as a Success Story & Good Practice Example from the 14 best projects out of 377 Erasmus Mundus projects.

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