One in ten people live with a mental health disorder[1], very few of them become scientists. At the same time, many scientists abandon their careers because it negatively affects their mental health. This comes not only at huge personal cost but is an immense loss of bright minds to academia. PhD candidate Francisca Mendez Pinochet from the University of Hamburg explains what it is like to do a PhD while dealing with a genetically caused panic disorder and wants to encourage others whose mental health is affected to be brave enough to choose a career in academia.

PLAMORF PhD student
Francisca Mendez Pinochet