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Interview Archive „Been in America“

I. Quarter 2021

Sinem Koç-Günel in the lab

„Been in America“: Researchers in Conversation

(03/16/21) Clinical lung researcher Sinem Koc-Günel joined the group run by Amy Ryan (Firth) as a DFG fellow at the Hastings Center for Pulmonary Research, University of Southern California (USC), in Los Angeles in August 2020, where she is looking into new methods for treating a rare lung disease. In her interview with the DFG Office North America, she discussed her current research, her immigration background and her career goals, as well as talking about life in LA, using public transport there and surfing.

Lake Ontario in summer

„Been in America“: Researchers in Conversation

(02/16/21) In autumn 2019, Dr. Iris Elser started her second postdoc – this time an international one – in Douglas Stephan’s group at the University of Toronto as a fellow of the German Research Foundation (DFG), where she is researching frustrated Lewis pairs. She spoke to the DFG Office North America about various topics, including her areas of interest, her professional ambitions, life in Canada in the late stages of the Trump era, and cooking.

Dr. Laurel Raffington

„Been in America“: Researchers in Conversation

(01/26/21) Dr. Laurel Raffington is a developmental psychologist funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) from January 2019 until May 2021 to conduct a research project at the Department of Psychology and Population Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Raffington examines the effects of social inequality on child and adolescent development, integrating psychological, endocrinological, genetic and epigenetic data of twin children in Texas. She spoke to the DFG Office North America about her project, the challenges researchers face in balancing their work and personal lives, her professional ambitions and special characteristics of the state of Texas.


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