- BSc (Vordiplom), Physics, Heidelberg University, 2005
- MSc, Medical Physics (Radiotherapy/Biomedical Optics), Heidelberg University, 2006
- Qualification Program, Economics, Heidelberg University, 2006
- MSc (Diplom), Physics, Heidelberg University, 2009
- PhD cum laude, Physics, Instituto de Óptica,CSIC/UCM, Madrid, 2015
Judith Birkenfeld earned her PhD at the Visual Optics and Biophotonics Lab at CSIC’s Institute of Optics in Madrid, Spain, under the supervision of Dra Susana Marcos. She holds a Vordiplom, (degree equivalent to a bachelor’s) in physics from Heidelberg University. In 2006, Judith completed an MSc in medical physics with a focus in radiotherapy and biomedical optics from Heidelberg University in collaboration with Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. She completed a qualification program in economics from Heidelberg University in collaboration with Siemens Management Consulting in 2007.
She went on to earn a second master’s degree in physics from Heidelberg University in collaboration with the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid in 2009. In 2015, Judith earned a PhD, cum laude, from the Institute de Óptica on a four-year JAE (Junta para la Ampliación de Estudios predoctoral) grant from El Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC).
Judith has focused on biomedical imaging since she was an undergraduate student of physics, and has dedicated herself to biomedical optics as a doctoral candidate. She is drawn to biomedical imaging as tool with the potential to solve real-world problems, and great potential for interdisciplinary collaboration. Judith expects “a fresh perspective on medical a motivational work environment, and a fruitful collaboration between two cities I love with a pool of great mentors to prepare me for the challenges to come.”