DCM 2017 Early Career Research Awardee
Romana Schirhagl, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, Netherlands
Romana Schirhagl is a chemist by training who graduated from Vienna University. From early on, she has been on a fast career track. After studying in record time, she defended her PhD with distinction at the age of only 24, alongside studying biology. After a postdoc at Stanford University (Zare group), she found her love for diamonds and NV centers. As a postdoc at ETH Zurich in Christian Degens’ group, she worked on sample preparation for magnetometry and diamond surface chemistry. At the age of 29, she was appointed as Tenure Track Assistant Professor at Groningen University, Netherlands. She now leads her own interdisciplinary group consisting of biologists, chemists and physicists at Groningen. Her main research interest is to apply diamond magnetometry to bioapplications inside cells with the goal of understanding how cells react under stress. Romana’s work and the work of her students has already been recognised through several prestigious awards and scholarships, such as the Ewald Wicke Prize in 2016 and the INITS Award in 2015. Most notably, last year she was awarded an ERC starting grant. Besides her work as a scientist, Romana is also a mother of two boys.