18 posts

The Clinical Potential of Neurodevelopmental Research

Research on transcription factors in embryonic brain development and neuronal differentiation holds great promise for addressing neurodegenerative disorders. This research can contribute to deepen our underatsnding about disease pathologies and potential treatment options. Insights into Neurodegenerative Disorders Understanding the role of transcription factors in brain development provides insights into the […]

Writing and Editing

Theresa wrote and published several peer-reviewed scientific articles. Besides that, however, she is experienced in writing for a non-professional audience. During her PhD, she started the blog “The Gene of the Week” on which she regularly writes about genetics. She also authored or coauthored some articles that appeared in news […]

Genetics and Society

Besides the actual science of molecular biology and genetics, Theresa is interested in Ethical, Legal and Social Implications (ELSI) or Aspects (ELSA) of the Life Sciences. During her undergraduate studies in Biology and Philosophy, she took a close look on bioethical discussions, e.g. considering the beginning of life. In her […]

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Ethical Discussions on the Beginning of Life

With a background in both Philosophy and Biology, Theresa has always been interested in bioethical discussions. Particularly due to her fascination with embryology and her own research activities in this field, she was seeking to complement her biology laboratory work with philosophical and ethical discussion centered on the beginning of […]

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Rejecting Causal effects of Mental states on Physical ones: Interactionalist Dualism

Rejecting the idea that mental phenomena can cause physical phenomena, makes it possible to accept both other premises: Mental phenomena are not identical to physical phenomena. Mental phenomena are causally effective in the area of ​​physical phenomena. Interactionist dualism has a long tradition in philosophy. Probably the most popular version of this […]

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Rejecting the Premise of Dualism: Identity Theories

Rejecting the idea that mental phenomena would be different to physical phenomena, makes it possible to accept both other premises: Mental phenomena can cause ​​physical phenomena. Every physical phenomenon has a physical cause. But what does it mean that mental phenomena are identical to physical phenomena? Classical Type Physicalism A […]

Life in the Lab

After visiting an interdisciplinary seminar on the phenomenon of Life, Theresa was asked if she could see herself contributing to a theater project. Well, having little to no prior experience with theater (on the creator’s end), she was genuinely interested in the intersection between life sciences and the public, so […]


A little less than a year after her collaboration on Life in the Lab, Theresa was contacted by a curator at the Freiburg Theater again. Again, they were looking for a scientist to contribute to a project, this time with director Lukas Matthaei. So she met with Lukas multiple times […]

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Philosophy of Mind, Mental Causation and Free Will

Over the last few years in secondary school, Theresa became obsessed with understanding how the human mind works -with all the naïvety that only teenagers can have. She started reading books on the brain, neuropsychology, and came in touch with the Philosophy of Mind. This topic, the question about the […]