Early Stage Researcher

Cathrin Hansen
My project:
5 | Define underlying mechanisms of specialized pro-resolving mediators in controlling blood-brain barrier function and fighting neuro-inflammation
Cathrin Hansen
Host Organisation:
Department of Molecular and Cell Biology and Immunology, Stichting Vumc, Amsterdam, Netherlands

What is your project/research about? What would you like to find out?

Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune and neurodegenerative disease in which neuroinflammatory mechanisms are potential key elements of the disease. My project emphasizes the relevance of inflammation resolution mediated by specialized pro-resolving lipid mediators (SPMs). Unravelling their mechanism of action and their (dys-)regulation in health and disease (MS) is the main goal of my PhD program.

Why did you apply for a Marie Skłodowska-Curie ITN and especially this project?

My motivation to apply for the Marie Skłodowska-Curie ITN network was very high for several reasons. The competitive network is well established and offers a variety of opportunities, including high quality workshops and permanent support for young researchers by experts in the field. We get the opportunity to be part of a group with stimulating, creative and vibrant discussions and a large pool of experience, knowledge and expertise. Moreover, the topic combines my interest in a neuroimmunological disease with my previous experience and knowledge in neuroscience. Last but not least, I enjoy Amsterdam very much, especially the canals, the markets and the people! I am curious to see where this journey will take me.

What is so fascinating for you on research in general?

Science fascinates me in so many ways:

  • Science follows no rules and can be both complex and simple.
  • Science is creativity, freedom and connects people all over the world
  • Science is power, curiosity and pure emotion.
  • Science is the great unknown, the wonder, which we are eager to explore.

What do you do in your free time? Do you have special interests/hobbies?

As a teenager I grew up playing field hockey and tennis, but in recent years I have tried many different sports such as kickboxing, beach volleyball and rowing. I am also passionate about cooking, reading and traveling all over the world.

What are your plans for your future? Where/what you will be in 5 years?

In 5 years I see myself further grow as a professional and a person. By that time, I hopefully completed my PhD and will have contributed to a better understanding of multiple sclerosis. In the remote future, I want to decide whether I continue in academic research or try something new and start a job in the industry. 

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