May 10, 2021 | News | Welcome at MPIDR

Henrik-Alexander Schubert is a new PhD-student at the Fertility and Well-being Lab

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Coming from Stockholm University where he obtained his Master in Demography, Henrik-Alexander Schubert is a new PhD-student at the Fertility and Well-being Laboratory. He wants to find out how the fertility of men deviates from female fertility. On weekends you are most likely to meet him in one of Rostock's skateparks.

What question drives you most in your research?

I am curious about the role men play in fertility. I ask myself: does the fertility of men deviate from female fertility. There is little known about pattern and causes of male fertility and I hope to change that. I am optimistic that research in that area will advance our knowledge about human reproduction in general.

What are you particularly looking forward to as you start working at MPIDR?

The MPIDR is a top address in demography with outstanding scientists, I hope to learn from their skills, knowledge and experience. I am also excited about the PHDS school, which has an internationally competitive curriculum and is going to prepare me for a scientific career. Finally, I can’t wait to meet the other PhD students and to discuss lively our ideas.

What do you like most about Rostock?

My first impression of the people here is very positive. It cheers me up to see people having their coffee break outside: in parks, next to the river or just in the streets.

What are you obsessed with at the moment besides demography?

I started skateboarding last year and became obsessed with it. I am going to spend many weekends skateboarding this summer, as Rostock has two fully-equipped skateparks.

The Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) in Rostock is one of the leading demographic research centers in the world. It's part of the Max Planck Society, the internationally renowned German research society.