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Our Crew! – Science Communication
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Our Crew!


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Sanni Färkkilä

Sanni Färkkilä

I am a PhD student at the Institute of Ecology and Earth Sciences, working on disentangling the wood-wide-web with nanoscale flashlights. In other words, I am using light emitting nanoparticles to study plant roots and the symbiotic fungi colonizing and connecting them. This is an interdisciplinary challenge including not only biology but also both organic and inorganic chemistry, as well as optical and nanophysics.


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Anni Lepland

Anni Lepland

I’m a second year PhD student in the medicine field, and I’m working with targeted polymer-drug conjugates that we are planning to use to treat triple negative breast cancer bearing mice. The dream would be to treat patients carrying these tumours as monotherapy or as a combination therapy with already existing standard of care for those patients.


Lab of Cancer Biology.

My CV in etis. 


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Susanna Soosaar

Susanna Soosaar

I am a doctoral student in the College of Foreign Languages and Cultures at the University of Tartu in Estonia, studying 20th century and contemporary English-language literature. Rooted in the traditions of analytical philosophy, phenomenology, narratology, and reader-response theories, my research focuses on studying narrative time through the point of view of the reader.


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Ludovica Molinaro

Ludovica Molinaro

I am a PhD candidate in Molecular Biology and I study the evolutionary history of Homo sapiens, us. Formally, I am on the path to become a Population Geneticist, but I think it is more suited to call my colleagues and I the Indiana Jones of DNA. What we do is digging into human DNA to find clues about our past history, and not only we can find traces of what happened to your great-great-great-great-great-great-granparents, but also clues of many other species of Homo.

Communicating science effectively is the perfect medicine against chatchy slogans (always wrong) that bombard us everyday everywhere. Personally, communicating science forces me to fully comprehend the impact of my research projects, but most importantly, when I am in the audience it allows me to grow out of my preconcieved notions, learn and grow.


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Pema Choedon

Pema Choedon

I am Pema Cheodon. I completed my M.phil degree from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi on the topic of Tibetan diaspora in Nepal. Currently, I am a 3rd year Phd from the Department of Estonian and Comparative Folklore Studies, working on the cultural development and cultural narratives in the Tibetan diasporic community.


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Manuel Moreno Tovar

Manuel Moreno Tovar

I am pursuing a PhD programme in the College of Foreign Languages and Cultures at the University of Tartu, Estonia. I hold a bachelor’s degree in Translation and Interpreting (Spanish, English and German) from the University of Granada and a master’s degree in Translating from Heriot-Watt University, in Scotland. My project focuses on intralingual translation for language learners from a gender-sensitive approach.


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Tauri Tampuu

Tauri Tampuu

Currently, I am a PhD student at the Institute of Ecology and Earth Sciences (natural geography). My research is interdisciplinary, combining ecology of peatlands (type of wetlands) with radar satellites. Prior to the doctoral studies, a few years of my life passed being engaged in my supervisor’s projects at the University of Tartu and travelling during the time without projects.

Travelling and making friends in different cultures, practice of meditation and encounter with psychedelic plants, plus all the other subjects attended at the great academy of life have developed the faculty of observation and self-analyse. One of the great liberations of my life has been learning to do thing which I do not like to do (as they are too uncomfortable or too difficult).

For many years, I have been volunteering for Estonian Fund for Nature (ELF) as a conservationist work camp (talgud) leader and I am active in the labour union in the University of Tartu. Unionism is of growingly relevance in the era of insecurity, inequality and chronic lack of funding in public sector which has not left the Academia intact among the others, to oppose these harmful trends.

In relation to all that mentioned previously, I found the science communication course highly useful and fascinating when I took and passed the course as a student. This time, I participate as a mentor which is giving me a chance to further develop my skills while guiding, encouraging and benefitting my fellow students.


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Angela Peeb

Angela Peeb

I am a PhD student at the Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology. I research bacteria in Arctic seawater and sea-ice to understand if some of them might have abilities to degrade environmental pollutants found in oil. Instead of being traditional microbiologist in laboratory I use modern bioinformatics tools to study known species and find new ones.

Whenever I’m not working behind computer, I enjoy being in the nature, hiking or mountain biking. On rainy days I like nothing more than reading a good book because it’s just like Anne Taylor once said: „I read so I can live more than one life in more than one place.“.

University of Tartu Youth Academy is another thing I’m proud of. For 3 years I have gone to different schools to teach biology. Every year we choose 10 schools and visit each of them once a month. I first volunteered because of my love for teaching but I ended up learning so much more.

I learn everyday how much I don’t yet know but I work hard to tell the world what I already do. Making people care about science and take steps towards environmentally friendly behavior helps us all. Science communication course taught me how to use storytelling techniques and talk with confidence to spread my message. I had chance to practice giving interview and writing popular science article. Those skills are necessary in everyday life as a young scientist and I am glad I had an opportunity to learn from the best.


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Marie Towner

Marie Towner

For 15 years, Marie has offered unique perspective in global competitive intelligence and marketing strategy in both agency and corporate marketing environments. Her research and work extended to 30 countries and clients to include: TBWA, BMW, Citibank, The Home Depot, UBS, Dublin Airport, TSYS, Oreck, GM, and Intuit. Marie’s expertise spans from corporate marketing training and competitive market intelligence to creative management and product strategy.


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Priya Kulkarni

Priya Kulkarni

Since last six years, I have been an integral part of osteoarthritis (OA) research field and particularly working on role of natural products and nutraceuticals in OA pathogenesis. On a specific account, I

have been striving for better understanding of the disease pathology, which is intermix of pain, inflammation and cartilage loss with a balanced use of patient-based studies and appropriate cell models.
With my educational background in Herbal Medicine and Natural Products, I strongly believe that they have a multipronged action and thus can provide effective solution against multi-factorial disorder like OA. While working on natural products / nutraceuticals, it is a need of young researchers like me to understand their clinical utility and pros and cons associated with it. Evidence based ayurvedic drugs has been one of the important objectives of my research. For this, I have attempted a prudent blend of biochemical, cellular and molecular research techniques.

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