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Cohort 2023/24


Host PI: Prof. Dr. Andreas Vlachos


Shubham Mirg

Pennsylvania State University

“Working as a rising star with Dr. Vlachos and engaging in neuromodulation work with his lab would offer propitious opportunities for my professional growth.”

Host PI: Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Thomas Stieglitz

#Neural Interfaces and Implants
#Microsystems Engineering

Aleesha Elle Caldwell

University of Sydney

“Professor Stieglitz’s institute associations in particular, with IMTEK and BrainLinks-BrainTools offer the ability to combine knowledge to further advance bionic devices, and enable the opportunity to collaborate within state-of-the-art facilities.”

Jacinta Cleary

University of Sydney

“The Freiburg Rising Stars Academy would give me the opportunity to learn from the expertise of skilled researchers like Prof. Thomas Stieglitz, and gain valuable experience.”

Shubham Prabhakar Khandare

Pennsylvania State University

“Participating in the FRSA and collaborating with Prof. Stieglitz’s research group would provide me with an exceptional platform to enhance my expertise and work alongside distinguished researchers in the field.”


Host PI: Dr. Elke Barbez

#Molecular Biology
#Root Cell Wall
#Biological Signalling

Dr. Matteo Grenzi

University of Milan

“I believe that the FRSA can be fertile ground for building fruitful and lasting collaborations.”

Host PI: PD Dr. Eva Rog-Zielinska

#Cardiac Ultrastructure
#Cell Communication

Dr. Francesko Hela

Joslin Diabetes Center-Harvard Medical School

“I would be more than happy to have a chance to work with the esteemed researchers at the lab of Dr. Rog-Zielinksa and establish a precious collaboration”.

Host PI: Prof. Dr. Jürgen Kleine-Vehn

#Plant Physiology
#Molecular Cell Biology

Dr. Leonard Blaschek

Copenhagen University

“I believe working with Dr. Jürgen Kleine-Vehn will help me flesh out further my scientific niche, at the interface of plant development and cell wall dynamics.”

Host PI: Jun Prof. Dr. Sjon Hartman

#Molecular Plant Biology
#Enviornmental Signalling

Dr. Rory Osborne

University of Birmingham

“It is my desire to collaborate with Junior Professor Sjon Hartman in the Plant Environment Signaling and Development lab.”

Rim Chaudhury

Presidency University, Kolkata

“It means a great deal to me that, being a Rising Star, I can be a part of the Hartman lab and get to experience the daily scientific adventures with them.”

Host PI: Dr. Giorgos Pyrowolakis

#Animal Development
#Biological Signalling

Dr. Ngan Vi Tran

University of Tartu

“I look forward to the opportunity to collaborate with Professor Giorgos Pyrowolakis (…). I do believe that the FRSA provides the most promising opportunity for me to collaborate with other researchers and conduct fruitful research.”


Host PI: Prof. Dr. Bernhard Neumärker

#Universal Basic Income

Vibhor Mathur

University of Bath

“I am particularly interested in building more collaborations and publishing in partnership with the research and researchers at FRIBIS”.

Dr. Femi Oladele

Meristem Securities Limited

“Studying and collaborating with Prof. Dr. Neumärker on Universal Basic Income will help me to better appreciate the uniqueness of the issues as they relate to Africa and help to deliver workable solutions.”


Host PI: Prof. Dr. Marc Hanewinkel

#Forestry Economics and Management
#Economic Impacts of Climate Change on Forests

Dr. Christoph Kogler

University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna

“I am highly interested in conducting joint research with Prof. Dr. Marc Hanewinkel and strongly believe that our interdisciplinary backgrounds are an ideal starting point to learn from each other and create innovative, impactful and meaningful research results.”

LZN / Sustainability Center Freiburg

Host PI: Prof. Dr. Alexander Stolz

#Resilience of Technological Systems

Jie Li

Pennsylvania State University

“I would be thrilled to collaborate with Dr. Alexander Stolz at Sustainability Center Freiburg as my mentor.”


Host PI: Prof. Dr. Laura Hartmann


Deepanshu Bhatt

Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research

“I wish to undergo my post-doctorate in Prof. Laura Hartmann’s laboratory and the FRSA will guide me in a righteous way in achieving this goal.”

Portrait photograph Prof. Dr. Jürgen Rühe
Host PI: Prof. Dr. Jürgen Rühe

#Bioinspired Materials
#Microsystems Engineering

Anas Saifi

Central Scientific Instruments Organisation

“Collaborating with Prof. Ruehe and the accomplished team at livMatS would undoubtedly provide me with invaluable guidance, fostering an environment that is conducive to innovation and exponential growth in my research journey.”

Dr. Atreyee Banerjee

Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Mainz

“The Rising Stars Academy can help both my research and professional career development.”

Deepa Garg

Central Scientific Instruments Organisation, Chandigarh

“I believe that through the FRSA, I can utilize my knowledge and experience overall growth for myself as well as for my country.”

Portrait photograph Prof. Dr. Lars Pastewka
Host PI: Prof. Dr. Lars Pastewka

#Materials interfaces
#Microsystems Engineering

Himanshu Shekhar

Nagoya University

“The opportunity to participate in the Freiburg Rising Stars Academy resonates deeply with my personal goal of becoming an independent researcher.”

Host PI: Dr. Olga Speck

#Bioinspired Materials
#Self-repairing materials
#Self-adaptive materials 

Dr. Giovanna Naselli

Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT)

“The Rising Stars program would help me strengthen the connection between the University of Freiburg and my current affiliation, possibly paving the way for further research projects.”

Portrait Picture Prof. Anna Fischer
Host PI: Prof. Dr. Anna Fischer

#Functional Anorganic Materials

Paulo Preuss

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

“I hope to join Prof. Anna Fischer’s multidisciplinary team and continue my development as a scientist, collaborating in the research and creation of innovative solutions for a more sustainable future.”

Host PI: Prof. Dr. Edoardo Milana

#Applied Mechanics

Dr. Ellen Roels

Vrije Universiteit Brussel

“I am excited about the possibility of working closely with my Host PI, as well as collaborating with fellow Rising Stars.”

Dr. Francesco Stella


“I believe that having the possibility to collaborate with Dr. Milana would have great impact on my research”

Portrait Picture Prof. Dr. Thomas Speck
Host PI: Prof. Dr. Thomas Speck

#Plant evolution

Dr. Renate Sachse

Technical University of Munich, Harvard University

“The Freiburg Rising Stars Academy offers me the chance as a young scientist to benefit from Prof. Thomas Speck’s outstanding expertise.”

Host PI: Prof. Dr. Chris Eberl

#Microsystems Engineering
#Micro Mechanics
#Materials Mechanics

Dr. Luuk van Laake

Eindhoven University of Technology

“I hope to meet people that have complementary ideas, and broaden my network. A short work exchange to Freiburg would be an amazing asset in that respect.”