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GAUSS Career Impulse Session with Group Leader Dr Sinem Saka (EMBL, Heidelberg): “Merging roads: Carving your own path through science”, 16 Sep 2022, online


We’re happy to announce our first GAUSS Career Impulse Session on academic careers this year with Group Leader Dr Sinem Saka (EMBL, Heidelberg).

  • Date: Friday, 16 September 2022
  • Time: 14:00-15:30 (appr.)
  • Location: online via Zoom
  • Registration:To sign up please send an email to

About the speaker: Sinem is an alumnus of the IMPRS Molecular Biology MSc/PhD program. She completed her PhD at the end of 2015 in the Lab of Silvio Rizzoli at European Neuroscience Institute, Göttingen, on investigating the fundamental aspects of protein organization and nanoclustering in the cell membrane heavily utilizing super-resolution STED microscopy. Her interest in method development led her to Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University for a postdoc, where she worked on repurposing DNA for addressing the limitations of fluorescence microscopy. She developed new methods for DNA nanotechnology and for high dimensional investigation of cells in their native environment which resulted in multiple patent applications. In this period, she also trained herself about the commercialisation side of science and explored different career paths including consulting, entrepreneurship and venture capital. After this exploration period, she decided to continue on the research path and moved on to a Group Leader position in EMBL Heidelberg at the end of 2020, where she currently runs a research group focusing on developing spatial omics methods and applications. She continues to be engaged with translation of science in addition to research, through industry collaborations, consulting and entrepreneurial activities.

About the sessions: Our Career Impulse Sessions offer a platform for interactive and informal exchange about career-related topics for PhD students and postdocs in the Life and Natural Sciences. By inviting PhD holders with different career paths, we would like to illustrate the broad range of potential careers for PhD students and postdocs and give inspiration for career choices.