Katharina Raschdorf

Katharina completed her undergraduate degree in biomedical sciences at Durham University, United Kingdom in 2015 and a research-based M.Sc. in neuroscience focusing on neuronal electrophysiology at The University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom in 2016. Subsequently, she finished graduate-entry medicine in Poland and worked for a while as a healthcare assistant in a general medical practice in Germany. She joined IBL in July 2021 for research on a novel near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) sensor to monitor spinal cord hemodynamics for clinical applications.


  • PhD, Neuroscience, Faculty of Medicine, The University of British Columbia (2021 – Present)
  • MD, Medical University of Warsaw (2016 – 2020)
  • MSc, Integrative Neuroscience, The University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom (2015 – 2016)
  • BSc (Honours), Biomedical Sciences, Durham University, United Kingdom (2012 – 2015)


  • ICORD Trainee Travel Award, International Collaboration on Repair Discoveries, 2021
  • President’s Initiative Award, UBC, 2021
  • International Tuition Award, UBC, 2021
  • UK/EU Master’s Full Scholarship, Edinburgh University, 2015-2016

Current Projects

  • Real-time optical-based measurement of oxygenation and blood flow of the injured spinal cord for hemodynamic management


Neurotrauma, Emergency Medicine, Medical Devices, Landscape Photography, Reading, Outdoor Activities


Raschdorf, K., (2016) Investigating inhibitory synaptic dysfunction in a transgenic animal model of intellectual disability using whole-cell patch-clamp electrophysiology [Master’s thesis]. University of Edinburgh.