Set up a <a href="http://ways.org/en/blogs/2010/jun/18/im_a_scientist_and_the_beryllium_fraud">Beryllium treasure hunt</a> open for students from all zones. Good luck!
Five schools across Germany between 1981 and 1994. Latest one: Archenhold-Oberschule, Berlin.
2001-2007: Korea Basic Science Institute in Daejeon, Republic of Korea; Fraunhofer Institute for Biomedical Engineering in St. Ingbert, Germany; Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig, Germany.
Postdoc in brain morphometry.
Since 2007: University of Jena.
Favourite thing to do in my job: The dialogues with <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XHPQZQGKJ5M">nature</a> or its symbolic representations. Seeing it in <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch#%21v=HIjMHFbqBrY">action</a>, considering <a href="http://axilone.com/legault/iss_atlantis_transit_2010.html">our place</a> in it, and the storm of endorphines you get when you understand why things worked out the way they did.
My Work: I <a href="http://frontiersin.org/neuroinformatics/paper/10.3389/neuro.11/025.2009/">analyze brain scans</a> to detect structural changes over time or between groups, with a focus on schizophrenia and evolution: What is the relation between the <a href="http://en.citizendium.org/wiki/Brain_size">size</a> and <a href="http://en.citizendium.org/wiki/Gyrification">folding</a> of a brain?
In general, much of my work as a scientist has been focused on applying methods from physics to the study of biological structures and processes from a comparative evolutionary perspective. For an example, read about the origins of my Twitter avatar.
My Typical Day: I <a href="http://en.citizendium.org/wiki/Skull_stripping">strip digital brains</a> of their skulls, <a href="http://vimeo.com/3294632">inflate</a> and <a href="http://en.citizendium.org/wiki/Surface-based_morphometry">compare</a> them.
What I'd do with the prize money: I would use it to stimulate <a href="http://researchblogging.org/">research blogging</a> on <a href="http://friendfeed.com/chordoma">neglected</a> <a href="http://friendfeed.com/science-in-the-long-run">topics</a>.
My reply here caused an error for being too long, so I turned it into a reply to What would you spend the prize money on?
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
<a href="http://ways.org/en/blogs/2009/jun/29/what_would_science_look_like_if_it_were_invented_today">What would science</a>
What did you want to be after you left school?
A researcher in biophysics or a physician in a developing country.
Were you ever in trouble at school?
A number of teachers and class mates certainly thought so on occasion.
Who is your favourite singer or band?
I prefer music which does not require electricity to be performed. A good example is the throat-singing of the group <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pBKb4HKSfoU">AltaiKai</a>.
What is the most fun thing you've done?
One of the most exciting moments was performing <a href="http://home.arcor.de/tschiltan/musik/tschiltan_mastimastum.mp3">traditional Central Asian music</a> with <a href="http://tschiltan.de/">my band</a> in the heart of Central Asia – on the <a href="http://wondergetaways.com/wp-content/thumbnails/556.jpg">Registan Square</a> in Samarqand, Usbekistan. You can get an idea about that from <a href="http://bit.ly/Tschiltan-video">this trailer</a>, with video graphics imitating the style of Uzbek TV.
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
(1) A life that is balanced between work, family, hobbies, health and environmental footprint, (2) a long-term research grant with no strings attached, (3) more occasions to actually use foreign languages.
Tell us a joke.
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e7DkeQ0roAM">Schrödinger’s cat walks into a bar … and doesn’t.</a>