We are a group of enthusiastic PhD students from the University of Groningen, who together form the board of the Groningen PhD Day 2021. We are working hard together with many other volunteers to ensure that all participants will have a fantastic and constructive experience at the PhD Day 2021!




Hi all! My name is Sharon Eskandar and I’m currently in the third year of my MD/PhD program on maternal immune activation during pregnancy and fetal neurodevelopment. In my spare time I love to eat, be with friends and to perform martial arts. This year, I have the honor to be the chair of the amazing board organizing the PhD Day 2021 Make it in the North. I have always been excited about organizing events, meeting new people and trying to connect them, and since the annual PhD Day Groningen is the biggest of the Netherlands, this is the place where I needed to be! I look forward to seeing you on the 4th of June!


I am Timo van Eldijk and for my PhD I am studying evolvability in the context of antibiotic resistance. I also work on paleontology from time to time. In my free time I love to go for walks in nature, play videogames, work in my garden and play music as a member of the band “The happy face spiders”. I am also slightly obsessed with insects. Anyhow, since I am responsible for the PR of the PhD day, I hope to clearly communicate our message with a bit of humor and amusement.