Sofia grew up in Hanover, Germany, where she received her B.Sc. degree in biology. During her studies in Göttingen towards a Master’s degree, she became interested in the molecular mechanisms of neurotransmitter release and joined the group of Dr. James Daniel at the Max Planck Institute of Experimental Medicine, and completed her M.Sc. degree in neurobiology in 2016 and doctoral degree in 2021. During her doctoral studies, she established a strategy for imaging of dopamine secretion events from ventral midbrain cultures using small optical dopamine sensors that are built from carbon nanotubes. At the FMP she will continue to explore the molecular composition of synapses.