Dr. Roßkothen – Kuhl is a postdoctoral fellow at the Medical Center of the University of Freiburg.
Her attention to detail and meticulous care in conducting comprehensive experiments has merited many stipends, grants and awards. Among them, Plester Preis awarded to mark her excellent dissertation on the synaptic plasticity and gene expression changes in the rat central auditory system after they received a cochlear implant.
Based on her extensive experience applying for grants, Dr. Roßkothen – Kuhl shares her best advice on how to draw the committee’s attention. Listen out for those tips!
As always, for people who, like me, cannot bear the sound of my voice and prefer a pleasant visual experience instead, here are the answers Dr. Roßkothen – Kuhl gave to our closing questions
1)Which skills you wish you had picked up earlier on in your career?
Research skills are important, of course, but bare in mind that you can’t learn everything at the same time, and think in terms of the timeline of your entire career. At the PhD stage,I would pay special attention to ‘soft skills’ – how to write a paper, how to supervise students
2) What is the most successful theory in neuroscience today?
None. We still know very little about the brain. We need to go circuit by circuit, conducting careful basic research. Only then we can move onto large scale simulation projects.
3) What is a recent piece of data you are most excited about?
Data Dr. Roßkothen-Kuhl collected with her supervisor Prof. Schnupp, showing that the rat is a good model organism to study binaural hearing. Beyond her own field, Dr. Roßkothen-Kuhl is fascinated by the burgeoning field of glial research. Specifically, studies shown the ‘house-keeping’ functions glial cells perform while we sleep.