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A mentor is a positive role model that can offer advice and guidance to researchers at all levels within LUDC and thereby promote their careers. Our mentors have vast experience in diabetes research as well as cell physiology and are available to meet mentees face to face for personalised advice.

Currently, there are two experienced mentors within LUDC:

Professor David Nicholls fellow of the British Royal Society
Professor David Nicholls, fellow of the British Royal Society.

David Nicholls

David Nicholls is a Professor Emeritus of Mitochondrial Physiology at the Buck Institute in California, a Fellow of the Royal Societies of London and Edinburgh and a mentor at the LUDC. David’s research has focused on the mitochondrial bioenergetics of the cell and he has over 50 years of experience in the field. He helped set up the Seahorse technology at LUDC and primarily collaborates with the Unit of Molecular Metabolism. David is involved in bioenergetics teaching courses around the world and enjoys his role as an educator.

Contact information: dnicholls [at] buckinstitute [dot] org



Claes Wollheim

Claes Wollheim

Claes Wollheim is Professor Emeritus of Experimental Diabetes research in Geneva, Switzerland, an honorary member of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes, elected member of the Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences and of the European Molecular Biology Organisation(EMBO). He  spends a minimum of one week every month at LUDC, where one of his roles is as a mentor. After completing medicine in Sweden and Geneva, Claes focused his research on the pathophysiology of diabetes, especially with respect to insulin and glucagon secretion. Claes continues to collaborate with LUDC researchers and enjoys his role as an advisor and mentor to researchers.

Contact information: claes [dot] wollheim [at] med [dot] lu [dot] se


Advice and expertise

Mentors can provide expertise and help on the following tasks:

  •     Career advice
  •     Alert about funding and job opportunities, encourage to apply, give feedback on applications
  •     Alert about important scientific publications relevant to the mentee’s research
  •     Publishing
  •     Presentation skills, coaching for interviews
  •     Leadership
  •     Experimental and study design
  •     Other topics related to research and career
  •     In case of frictions between the mentee and his/her PI, the mentor can mediate.

Mentees should contact the mentors directly and outline the topic that they would like to discuss.

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