Welcome To Papa PhD
Growing up, Falisha was curious about everything. She started learning music and dance at an early age, and this, combined with her taste for learning, brought her, eventually, to a PhD looking at the brain of people formal training in dancing. Today, she puts her neuroscience background to use developing training and resources for graduate students and post-docs.
Stefanie has fallen out of love and back in love with research. Currently finishing her PhD in skin cancer, she has a clear idea of where she wants to go professionally and thrives in sharing this clarity with her peers through the medium of her YouTube channel and by taking active part in her institute’s and her university’s career and placement activities and governing bodies.
Pedro’s past as a semi-professional team captain has shaped him and the way he approaches life and its challenges. He thrives on getting people around a table to build projects that bring value to communities and to society. Today, Pedro does stem cell research while at the same time developing and managing different initiatives that are close to his heart and to his values.
A dedicated mom and curious by nature, Inês has had an atypical career path that led her from the biological sciences to arts, with many a detour in between. Having sung opera on a stage and founded a cultural and community support NGO in Berlin, she is currently working towards her PhD in musicology.
Joana started her scientific academic journey with a bachelor’s in Pharmacy. Her inquisitive mind led her to a PhD in organic chemistry and to a first experience abroad. Eventually, Joana came back to Portugal and through different contacts and following her different interests, she ended up developing a particular set of skills around science communication.
Fábio is a very driven PhD student following his love of science and developing projects he can translate into businesses. He is doing his PhD between Portugal and Sweden, but the world is his research team, and his current projects involve developing cell reprogramming tools to help kill tumoral cells in different types of cancer.
While obtaining his PhD, Gil discovered he had a penchant for graphic design – in his words, he noticed he was more worried about the quality of his figures than that of his data, at a certain point. He eventually graduated and pursued opportunities that allowed him to further hone his skills and eventually made it a full time job.
Patrícia leads a lab focusing on the mechanisms behind autism. A scientific globetrotter, she has blazed a path for herself, finding platforms and funding that allowed her to build up her scientific acumen and network, and eventually build her own research lab. Her second love is talking about what she does and being a role model for burgeoning scientists.