Getting to Know Our NWiS Leadership: Juliane Jaepel

Get to know the scientists that keep MPFI’s NWiS organization up and running! In this four-part series we will be learning more about the team that makes our networking opportunities possible.

May 19, 2020

Juliane Jaepel is a co-chair for MPFI’s Network for Women in Science. She is part of a team that works to guide the goals of NWiS and ensures we have sufficient means to make a positive impact on the community.

What is your background (e.g., education, hometown, etc.)?

I grew up in Germany, where I also went to university and graduated with a B.S. and M.S. in biomedicine. I did my PhD at the Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology and LMU in Munich.

What is your position and lab at MPFI and in NWiS?

I’m currently a postdoc in the Fitzpatrick lab and a co-chair for NWiS since 2018.

What is your project or work about?

My current projects focus on understanding how neuronal response properties in the primary visual cortex are dependent on their connectivity to other visual areas.

Why did you want to participate in NWiS?

Originally, as I just moved from Germany to the US, I wanted to participate in NWiS to meet more women in science that are in a similar position as me. Additionally, the longer I’ve been in science, the more I’m aware of all the challenges that we may face as women in science and I think it is important to discuss those and how to overcome them.

Did you have a female mentor during your career? If so, how do you think this shaped your career trajectory?

So far I haven’t, but I think it is important to also get a woman’s perspective to see how they deal with certain challenges. That’s why I’m excited about our tri-institutional mentoring program that we’re starting this year.

Why did you choose to study neuroscience?

Early on in high school, I decided to study biology, because I wanted to understand how the body works and at first I was convinced that I wanted to work in cancer biology. But I actually realized that I started reading a lot of books about Neuroscience as I found it absolutely fascinating.

What is your favorite thing about living in Florida?

The sun and the beach – I highly enjoy the warmth and the sound of the ocean helps me relax.