PhD representatives

PhD representatives

The internal PhD representatives - alongside the external representative - are the elected voice of the PhD students.

The internal PhD representatives help to improve the working and studying conditions within the programs and serve as a direct link between between the student body and the MPI directors and administration.
To enhance the student experience in and outside the lab the PhD representatives:

  • gather and represent students’ opinions about their program and experience,
  • meet quarterly with the director leading the PhD programs,
  • meet regularly with members of the Researcher Support Team,
  • support the organization of the PhD Retreat,
  • organize social events throughout the year and
  • organize the PhD representative elections.

Since 2016 an external PhD representative is elected annually to represent our PhD Students at the PhDnet, the network of all PhD candidates and PhD representatives of the Max Planck Society. While the internal PhD representatives take care of the communication between PhDs and other organs within their institutes, the external PhD representatives are responsible for the communication to the other PhDnet and Max-Planck Society organs.

Current PhD representatives

Alejandra  Duque

Alejandra Duque

External PhD representative
Max Planck Institute for Biology
IMPRS PhD student
Anupam Gautam

Anupam Gautam

Internal PhD representative
University of Tübingen
IMPRS PhD student
Hadeer  Elhabashy

Hadeer Elhabashy

Internal PhD representative
University of Tübingen
IMPRS PhD student
Marco Podobnik

Marco Podobnik

Internal PhD representative
Max Planck Institute for Biology
TIPP PhD student
Michael Bell

Michael Bell

Internal PhD representative
Max Planck Institute for Biology
IMPRS PhD student

Former External PhD representatives

  • 2020-2021: Minakshi Singh
  • 2019 - 2020: Felix Räsch
  • 2018 - 2019: Tess Renahan
  • 2017 - 2018: Alex Dulovic
  • 2016 - 2017: Aoife Hanet

Former Internal PhD representatives

  • 2020-2021: Saskia Funk, Joe Joiner, Anasuya Moitra, Liam Fitzstevens
  • 2019-2020: Minakshi Singh, Devansh Raj Sharma, Liam Fitzstevens
  • 2018 - 2019: Alexandros Mesaris, Alba Gonzalez Hernando and Thanvi Srikant
  • 2017 - 2018: Ramona Weber, Michael Orlich, Tess Renahan and Marina Ortega-Perez
  • 2016 - 2017: Michael Orlich, Maria Fernández Fernández and Alex Dulovic
  • 2015 - 2017: Aoife Hanet, Ioanna Karamichali and Dhananjay Tate
  • 2015 - 2016: Aoife Hanet, Ivana Akrap, Alexander Blässle and Anja Holz
  • 2014 - 2015: Paola de Magistris, Melanie Dietrich, Jan Meyer and Danelle Seymour
  • 2013 - 2014: Kaspar Feldmeier, Prateek Mahalwar, Ulrich Hohmann and Patricia Lang
  • 2012 - 2013: Kaspar Feldmeier, Prateek Mahalwar, Ole Herud, Julia Kamenz, Csaba Veraszto, Taylor Kessinger
  • 2011 - 2012: Kaspar Feldmeier, Prateek Mahalwar, Anna-Lena Schinke, Simon Perathoner, Allana Schooley, André Kahles
  • 2010 - 2011: Anna-Lena Schinke, Simon Perathoner, Allana Schooley, André Kahles
  • 2009 - 2010: Evelyn Sauer, Sören Alsheimer, Regina Bohnert, Stephanie Heinrich
  • 2007 - 2009: Benjamin Schlager, Sören Alsheimer
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