Dr. Hellen Ahrens was the first candidate of the Leibniz Institute on Aging – Fritz Lipmann Institute (FLI), who successfully applied for vintage 2016/2017 of "Leibniz Mentoring Programme", which was officially closed in a celebration ceremony at the end of October 2017 in Berlin. Dr. Ahrens is postdoc in FLI’s research groups of Dr. Christoph Kaether and Dr. Julia von Maltzahn. Her research is focused on the functionality of muscle stem cells during regeneration and aging.
The core component of Leibniz Mentoring is the cooperative relationship between mentor — leading in her or his field of expertise — and a mentee, an up-and-coming female scholar with a doctoral degree. This so-called tandem meets at regular intervals, the goal being to reflect on the mentee's professional progress. The acquisition of key qualifications for future leaders, in particular in academia, is promoted in an accompanying program, which comprises skills seminars for the mentees.