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Endometriosis is a common condition where the lining of the uterus grows in other locations, such as the ovaries and the intestines. This disease is extremely painful and often associated with infertility. Despite the high prevalence of the disease (an estimated 10% of women deal with endometriosis during their reproductive years), this condition remains challenging to diagnose and treat. As a result, most treatments for the endometriosis are not curative and have a high number of associated side-effects. Unfortunately, very little is known about the disease at the molecular level, partially due to the lack of suitable experimental models needed to study the disease.

This is where research in bioengineering plays a roll. To provide some insight into this field, we checked in with one of our 2018/2019 WiRe fellows, Dr. Anna Stejskalová, whose research at the University of Münster focused on designing a 3D model of early endometrial lesions.

Call for Applications: WiRe Fellowships for Female Post-Doc Scientists – Apply Now! Remote and on-site options available.

WiRe is a fellowship programme for international female postdoctoral researchers at the University of Münster (WWU) in Germany. Hosted by the WWU’s Welcome Centre, the WiRe programme was founded to help address the unique needs of women in research, with a special focus on female Postdocs who currently find themselves in their ‚Rush Hour of Life‘.

For more information regarding the Application Details, please visit http://go.wwu.de/wire. Applicants must be currently residing in the European Union/EFTA States/UK. The application period is open until the 15th of October, 2021.

For insight into what our Female Scientists have worked on so far during their WIRE Fellowships, please dive into our blog at www.wire-wwu.de/

… and Sophie needs more help! Last week we’ve learned that our Fellow Leyre was able to explain to ‚Sophie‘ how the use of sunlight within photocatalyst processes may help against global warming. The ‚Ask Sophie‘ team receives lots of exciting questions on science topics every day. Now a new question came up and another WiRe Fellow was able to help answer it: in this week’s post, we share Carla’s insight regarding the question: How do we know what’s inside the earth?

Sophie with her Owl from the „Frag Sophie“ project came up with a question about the mysterious interior of our planet

Have a look at Carla’s answer:

Last week, our Fellow Leyre was approached by the team of WWU’s „Ask Sophie!“ who needed help answering a question about the best possible use of sunlight – for instance in the fight against global warming: On the website „Ask Sophie“, interested citizens can ask questions about scientific topics. ‚Sophie‘ tries to answer these questions with the help of scientists at the WWU. We are happy that WiRe Fellow Leyre was able to give an insight on how chemists may help fight the climate change by developing photocatalytic materials that use sunlight to improve a variety of industrial and non-industrial processes. Have a look at Leyre’s insight:

In this year’s round of the WIRE Research@Home Fellowship we digitally welcome nine all new amazing scientists from all over Europe. We’ll get a glimpse into the research of Julietta and her take on Migration and Religion in Ancient Greece. Yamina will introduce us to the realm of Energy and Climate Policies. Debdatta is going to show us the world’s thinnest optics she is currently doing research on – in her field of Nanophotonics.
Are you curious about how smartphones can help investigating the well-being of couples? Stay tuned for Rui’s psychological research on smartphone-based experience sampling. If you’re a book worm and into Artists’s Book Fairs, Louisa’s research will definitely grab your attention. Julija dives into post- and transhumanistic movements from a theological point of view.
Anna contributes to answering the question of how to make the nitrogen fertilization more sustainable in her research of plant physiology. Kate studies the religion and the economy of slavery in colonial Jamaica. Mariagiulia investigates the matter of externalization of borders and the right to leave: what is the responsibility for African states from a judicial point of view. More soon!

Today, it is quite normal for women to study at universities, get PhDs, do Postdocs and become professors. But that was not always the case – to mark this week’s International Women’s Day, we want to celebrate the contribution of women at the University of Münster, tracing the milestones it took for young women like our WiRe Fellows to be able to do research on an equal footing with men. 

However, we’re at WIRE are celebrating ace research by women in science every single day: We’re blown away by Kornelia’s efforts in tackling ovarian cancer by utilizing the so-called SPOCK1 protein as well as Joana’s attempts to better monitor wildfires in tropical ecosystems form above the ground via satellites. Carla’s efforts as an experimental petrologist to better understand what happens pressure-wise deep down underneath volcanoes are stunning. Also we’re amazed by Madalina’s important insights into nature narratives and why, in the context of climate change, there is an urgency to reflect on how nature and gender are narrated in our medicalized, patriarchal societies.