Life after MiRoR: what are our fellows becoming?
Our fellows are towards the end of their PhD projects and are ready for new beginnings, willing to make the most of what they learnt and of the research network they have developed during these years.
Some of them have already started new positions:
Alice Biggane (ESR3) defended her PhD thesis on January 15, 2020 at the University of Liverpool and she is working at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine as a post-doctoral researcher in Adolescent Health in low and middle income countries. “Specifically I’m working on sexual and reproductive health in sub-Saharan Africa. The skills and knowledge I acquired throughout the MiRoR project will prove to be useful in the next few months as I look toward study design and methodology and particularly community involvement and engagement.”
Anna Koroleva (ESR11) defended her PhD thesis on January 22, 2020 at the University of Amsterdam and she is working as a postdoc at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW), where she continue her research in biomedical Natural Language Processing. “My current project lies in the field of literature-based drug-discovery – a relatively young research domain aiming at discovering implicit relations in scientific literature with the use of NLP and text mining”.
Christopher Norman (ESR12) will defend his thesis on February 11, 2020 at the University of Amsterdam. He has accepted a position as NLP data scientist at Sciome, a North Carolina research company working on systematic review automation.
Lorenzo Bertizzolo (ESR7) has resigned from the MiRoR project in April 2019 to accept a position as Epidemiology-Medical Advisor for Vaccines for Sanofi Pasteur Italy. However, he is continuing to work on his research project and he is planning to defend his thesis by the end of the year. “My role at Sanofi is dual: I am involved with the medical affairs within my country and interact with the regional/global function of vaccine epidemiology and modeling. My role has a strong scientific backbone, I am responsible of the data generation for every franchise in the business unit. MiRoR gave me the skills/knowledge for this job but, even more importantly, gave me a scientific mindset that is a plus outside academy”.