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Visiting Student Scholars

Western hosts several visiting graduate student scholars every year.  Please join us in welcoming these student scholars visiting Western. Their international contributions helps make Western diverse and exceptional.  This webpage is new in April 2016, and will be further developed.  

Visiting Graduate Students - Application Guidelines


I am a visiting graduate student from Karlsruhe, Germany in Professor Dr. Martin Stillman´s group. I was born in Wurzburg, Germany, where I graduated from high school in 2010. Right after high school I started my undergraduate and graduate studies in Food Chemistry and Toxicology at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Karlsruhe, Germany.  In October 2012 after my second year of school I went on a 6 months internship at Beiersdorf, Hamburg, doing research on sun care products.  Due to a collaboration between Professor Dr. Andrea Hartwig (my supervisor at KIT) and Professor Stillman I was offered the opportunity to do research for my master’s thesis at the University of Western Ontario.   I will be graduating from KIT in September 2016.  For the next six months I will be studying the interaction between copper and the mammalian protein metallothionein.
 
Judith Scheller
Lab: Stillman
email:jschelle@uwo.ca

I am a visiting graduate student from the Institute of Functional Nano & Soft Materials (FUNSOM), Soowchow University in Suzhou, China and am visiting Professor Kim Baines’ group. I was born in Nan Yang, He Nan Province, China, where I graduated from high school in 2010. Right after high school, I started my undergraduate studies at Nan Yang Normal University, majoring in Applied Chemistry in Nan Yang, China. Currently, I am doing my Master’s degree at the Institute of Functional Nano & Soft Materials (FUNSOM), Soowchow University under the direction of Professor Lijia Liu, a graduate of the Department of Chemistry at Western. She is collaborating with Professor Baines at Western on the X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy of novel low valent Group 14 compounds.  I expect to graduate from FUNSOM in June 2017. Outside Chemistry, I enjoy sports, reading and travel.
 
Linju Yang 
Lab: Baines
email: lyang294@uwo.ca


I am a visiting graduate student from Marburg, Germany working in the group of Professor Dr. Stefanie Dehnen on multi-metallic clusters of Germanium and group 15 elements. I graduated from high school in 2007 and directly started my studies in chemistry at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Karlsruhe, Germany. I was awarded a scholarship from the Friedrich Ebert Foundation to finance my undergraduate and graduate studies in 2008. In 2010 I visited Western for the first time for a 3 month research project in the Corrigan lab for which I received a scholarship awarded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). In 2011 I visited the National University of Singapore for 3 months in the group of Professor Huynh financed by another DAAD scholarship to work NHC pincer complexes. In 2012 I was elected Executive at the University Student Council at KIT. After finishing my German diploma in chemistry (equivalent to M.Sc.), I moved to Marburg to start my PhD. I visited John Corrigan’s group in 2014 and 2015 for several months and will be here until October to work on cluster functionalization and analyzing cluster formation thanks to a PhD scholarship of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation.

Stefan Mitzinger
Lab: Corrigan
email: smitzin@uwo.ca

I am a visiting graduate student from Karlsruhe in Germany. For the next 6 months at UWO I will work in Professor Dr. Martin Stillman's group, where I will study the interaction between copper and the mammalian protein metallothionein.
I was born in a small city in Bavaria called Selb. After I graduated from high school in 2010 I moved to Karlsruhe to start my studies of Food Chemistry and Toxicology at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).
After studying in Karlsruhe for a long time, I wanted to get a change in my studylife and write my thesis abroad. Since a fellow student and a good friend of mine was already at Western, my supervisor Professor Dr. Andrea Hartwig suggested to follow Professor Stillman in his research. I am very thankful for the opportunity to do my research in this wonderful group before I graduate from KIT in April 2017.

Lina Heinlein
Lab: Stillman
email: lheinlei@uwo.ca

I am a visiting graduate student from Muenster, Germany, in Professor Dr. Lars Konermann´s group. After high school I trained as a chemical laboratory assistant for three years at the Department of Safety and Quality of Cereals in Detmold, Germany. After my time as a trainee I worked full-time for six months in the lab. After this I started my undergraduate and graduate studies in Chemistry at the University of Muenster (WWU), Germany. For my research project, which I need for my master program in Germany, I was offered the opportunity to come to Western. I will be graduating from WWU in October 2017. But for the next eight months I will be studying the dynamic and structure of hemoglobin by collision activation experiments and ion mobility spectrometry.

Katja Pollert
Lab: Konerman
email: kpollert@uwo.ca

I am a visiting graduate student in T. K. Sham's group. I received my bachelor’s degree at Northeastern University in China, and I am studying for my PhD at Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Science. I will stay at Western University for approximately one year. During this time, calcium phosphate nanomaterials as drug-carrier before drug molecules loaded and released will be characterized by X-ray spectromicroscopy in professor Sham’s group. The spectrum changes will be discussed in accordance with structures and morphologies of calcium phosphate nanocarriers, then conclusions will be summarized and related papers will be written.

Yingying Jiang
Lab: Sham
email: yjian423@uwo.ca