Videos from a personal perspective

These days four young researchers prepare for something special during the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting. They skype with film professionals, learn from tips and tricks. Because they will not only attend the meeting, they will also make videos – each one of them focusing on a special topic.

  • ‘The Spirit of diversity at Lindau’
  • ‘Connect’
  • ‘Learning form the Laureates and what they learned from us’
  • ‘Facing challenges and inspiring others in science’

To give you a first impression of their backgrounds I have pleased them to send me their short CVs. Here they are.

Crystal Valdez focuses on ‘The Spirit of diversity at Lindau’

Crystal Valdez

currently is a graduate student at UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles) in the chemistry & biochemistry department. Her focus is in physical theoretical chemistry, where she uses and develops computational tools to study metalloenzymes evolution and design. She completed her B.S. in biochemistry from the California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. At Cal Poly, she participated in a broad range of undergraduate research, from understanding actin-binding properties in yeast to elucidating arsenic speciation in brine shrimp and algae from hypersaline lakes of the western United States. A summer REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) at the University of Oregon studying the dynamics of HIV-1 protease via molecular dynamics simulations is where her love for computational and theoretical chemistry sprouted.



Edson Medeiros Filho focuses on ‘Connect’

Edson Medeiros Filho

is a fulbright Scholar recipient. He has received numerous distinguished awards for his scientific and applied contributions to the domain of Sport and Exercise Psychology. Most recently, Edson received the American Psychological Dissertation Award for his innovative ideas in the field of socio-cognition and group dynamics, and was presented with the Diversity Award (Association for Applied Sport Psychology) for his applied initiatives related to “issues of diversity that impact sport, exercise and health”. Currently, he is a post-doctoral fellow in neuroscience and psychophysiology at the Behavioral Imaging and Neural Dynamics Center (University of Chieti-Pescara, Italy), where he studies optimal performance experiences among professional race drivers, Olympic rifle-shooters, and elite cyclists. His research efforts revolve around human and team excellence, with an emphasis on Expert Performance, Interactive Brains & Shared Mental Models, and Bio-Neurofeedback Training and Applications.  Edson has professorship and political aspirations and wishes to promote sport psychology for excellence and peace around the world.


Núria Sancho Oltra focuses on ‘Learning form the Laureates and what they learned from us’

Núria Sancho Oltra

studied Chemistry at the University Jaume I of Castelló (Spain) and did her M Sc. at the University of Nijmegen (The Netherlands) in bio-inspired catalysis using enzyme-loaded polymersomes. She obtained her PhD at the University of Groningen (The Netherlands) in 2011 for her work on the development of functional DNA-based systems. She was awarded the Marie Curie International Outgoing Fellowship the same year, for which she spent the following two years as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Pennsylvania (USA). Currently she is in the return phase of the program at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland). Her research focuses on the development of responsive block copolymers for drug delivery, a multidisciplinar topic involving organic synthesis, polymer chemistry, biomolecular chemistry, self-assembly and photochemistry among others. Her interests lay therefore in the interface between organic chemistry, biochemistry and biophysics.


Sarika Goel

is a third year PhD student working with Prof. Enrique Iglesia at the Laboratory for the Science and Applications of Catalysis (LSAC), University of California, Berkeley, on the development of generalized strategies for synthesis of metal and oxide clusters encapsulated within zeolites and elucidation of their catalytic consequences. Encapsulation of metal and oxide clusters within zeolites protects such clusters against sintering and also prevent their contact with toxic impurities, while concurrently allowing active sites to select reactants and transition states on the basis of molecular size. She did her undergraduate studies (B.Tech) from the Department of Chemical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi in 2009.












Now you know, what they look like and why they might ask you some questions during the meeting, invite you to discuss these topics with them.  We will introduce each one of them the next days in more detail.

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