2021 – 2023 STUDENTS

2021 – 2023


María was born on December 13th, 1997, in Madrid, Spain. When she was 17, she decided to move to Germany to pursue a degree in Applied Biology. 

She completed a Bachelor-thesis in the Environmental Toxicology lab of UNED, which was eventually published in Scientific Reports. Afterwards she joined a master’s degree in Drug Development and started an internship as Business Developer in a small Spanish CRO where she was eventually hired. Through working with dermocosmetic companies she realised that it would be possible to align her passion for cosmetics, the environment and animal welfare with her professional career. That is when she found this course, a perfect steppingstone into the future she would like to build for herself.

Three words: Passionate, curious, determined

Book donated to the EMOTION library: How not to die by Michael Greger, M.D.


Pilar was born in Murcia, Spain in 1998. She obtained her degree in Chemistry in 2020 and she devoted her end of degree project to the study of sustainable methodologies to obtain compounds of interest to the cosmetics industry.

She also carried out an internship in AntalGenics as part of her pre-graduate formation, dealing with technical support, cell cultures and image analysis. She is interested in Green Chemistry processes, within the field of Organic Chemistry.

Three words: open-minded, reliable, hard-working

Book donated to the EMOTION library: A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson


Maria was born in Greece in 1996. She moved to Albania some years later, where she grew up and graduated in Tirana with a MSc in Pharmacy.

Maria has been part of an Erasmus Exchange in Italy, where she fully dedicated her research to cosmetics formulations and preparations. After being graded with a 100/100 mark in the state exam, she started working as a Specialist Pharmacist for one of the biggest Pharmaceutical Companies in Tirana.

Maria is very enthusiastic about this opportunity EMOTION is giving her, as she believes it will be a great start of her successful career.

Three words: ambitious, creative, organised

Book donated to the EMOTION library: My (not so) Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella


Isabela was born in Imbituba, Santa Catarina, Brazil in 1996. She has completed her bachelor’s degree as the top student in Chemical Engineering with a full scholarship called University for All Programs (ProUni) provided by the Brazilian government.

After graduation, she worked for two years with regulatory affairs in cosmetic industries, quality management systems, and quality control. In cosmetics, she recognizes the opportunity to provide health and wellbeing to others.

Three words: determined, resilient and positive

Book donated to the EMOTION library: Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery


Karima is a pharmacist, specialized in Natural Product, who was born in Malang, Jawa Timur-Indonesia.

She graduated as a valedictorian in 2016 from Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta. She has worked as GMP Audit Management in a Pharmaceutical Company for four years and received “Managing Director Recognition Program Awards” twice. Battling acne for more than 12 years, she created an Instagram account to share her acne journey named “Orangestalk”.

She has a dream to help others, by creating affordable skin care to improve quality of life for those that walking the same path as her.

Three words: creative, compassionate, grateful

Book donated to the EMOTION library: Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman


Shannon is 26 years old and from Ireland. She completed her bachelor’s degree in Dublin studying Chemical Sciences with Medicinal Chemistry and has a Diploma in Cosmetic Science.

During her bachelor’s, she did an Erasmus internship in Umeå University (Sweden) where she gained research experience in the lab and lifelong international friends during fika. Her Erasmus experience motivated Shannon to pursue her master’s degree abroad in an international setting in a specialty that she is passionate about. EMOTION being the perfect match.

Three words: Energetic, sociable, adventurous

Book donated to the EMOTION library: Invisible Women: Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed for Men by Caroline Criado Perez


Luis was born in Cali, Colombia where he obtained his degree in Pharmaceutical Chemistry in the ICESI University.

He pursued his career as the Production Chemist in a private pharmaceutical company. In his position he was in charge of quality and productivity at one of the company’s plants. He gained expertise in both technical and leadership skills.  His passion is playing Volleyball, traveling and seventh art.

Three words: easy-going, independent, passionate

Book donated to the EMOTION library: The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements by Sam Kean


Brandy was born and raised in Northern California, USA where she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences with minors in Business and English. After graduating in 2020 from Notre Dame de Namur University she moved to Madrid, Spain where she worked as an assistant teacher throughout Natural Science classes.

Three words: adventurous, social, diligent

Book donated to the EMOTION library: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho


Kristina, 25, was born and raised in Seshcha village, home of falling stars and steel birds.

In 2013, she moved to Saint Petersburg to study biologically active substances, pharmaceuticals, and cosmetics. While studying, she discovered her curiosity towards pharmaceuticals encapsulated in polymeric materials, which are efficient in skin burn treatments, therefore, she gained a theoretical background in the polymer field during her Master’s.

She sharpened her practical skills by working in the laboratory of the Research Institute of Synthetic Rubber. The Emotion Master for her is like a connective tissue that helps to converge skills and become a proficient specialist in the skin prosthetics field.

Three words: observant, persistent, compassionate

Book donated to the EMOTION library: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald


Israa, 26 years old pharmacist, was born in Amman-Jordan. After graduation she worked as responsible pharmacist and teaching assistant.

In 2018 she decided to pursue a master’s degree in pharmacology at University of Jordan, during studying she worked with many start-ups as content creator and cosmetic ingredient specialist, and she noticed that experience and knowledge in cosmetic field is much needed in her country. Therefore in 2019 she started her own beauty blog on Instagram to spread her knowledge through online skincare courses to the public.

Cosmetics has always been her passion and she wanted to expand her knowledge through the EMOTION Master.

Three words: initiative, focused, visionary

Book donated to the EMOTION Library: Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell


Valentina was born on December 10th, 1996, in Colombia. She obtained her degree in Pharmaceutical Chemistry at the Universidad de Antioquia. Guided by her joy for research and the desire to broaden her vision of the world, she spent a semester abroad at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM).

In her final academic semester and upon graduation she was working at the pharmaceutical industry, where reaffirmed her passion por research focusing on finding solutions for dermatological problems and decided to pursuit a master’s degree in EMOTION, eventually seeking to be part of the bridge that connects R&D with practical applications.

Three words: curious, resilient, adaptable

Book donated to the EMOTION library: Delirium by Laura Restrepo


Since coming of age, Aljon, from the beautiful island of Cebu in the Philippines, has been afflicted by a curse coveted by many: he looks younger than his age.

Often mistaken for an adolescent in the western world, this 29-year-old chemical engineer with over 5 years of working experience in R&D for SMEs and multinational companies in the personal care and cosmetics industry, relishes his youthful glow to the envy of mortals. But it is his youthful spirit and passion for learning that have propelled him to take a closer look at cosmetic and dermatological sciences, which inspired him to pursue the EMOTION Master.

Three words: purpose-driven, goal-oriented, adaptable

Book donated to the EMOTION library: The Road Less Travelled by M. Scott Peck, M.D.


Martina was born in Italy in 1995. She graduated in Pharmacy in 2019 at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia and she worked as a pharmacist before deciding to pursue the EMOTION Master program.

During her degree, she spent 6 months as an Erasmus student in an immunology and biochemistry lab at the Cardiff University, where she developed a research project for her experimental thesis. She also occasionally collaborates with some beauty, perfumes, and food supplement shops; and she writes scientific articles for a passion.

Three words: enthusiast, kind, determined

Book donated to the EMOTION library: 1984 by George Orwell


Keis is a pharmacist and healthcare manager from Albania. After her graduation from the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Medicine, Tirana, she has worked as a pharmacist in a community pharmacy. She also pursued a master’s degree in health care management, a useful experience which helped her obtain education in the field of management of health care organizations.

Keis’ main interest, in addition to pharmaceuticals is also the development of skills related to the research and development of new cosmetic products, taking cue from her four years of experience as a specialist in the Ministry of Health and Social Protection, Albania.

Three words: kind, hard-working, independent

Book donated to the EMOTION library: Captain Courageous by Rudyard Kipling


Sara was born in Mexico in 1996. She obtained her bachelor´s degree in Biological and Pharmaceutical Chemistry from Universidad La Salle in 2019. During her studies she was part of the research team and after her graduation she worked in a flavor and fragrance company in the R&D fragrance division.

Three words: persistent, responsible, adaptable

Book donated to the EMOTION Library: Emma by Jane Austen


Erica, 23, obtained her degrees in Chemistry (2019) and Materials Science and Engineering (2020) from Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines, where she was able to work with encapsulation technologies for her thesis. Simultaneously, she was also active in an organization that promoted the awareness and appreciation, and social application of chemistry.

Having lived with atopic dermatitis, it has become her goal to forward the understanding of skin diseases, and to develop affordable products that will improve the quality of life of those dealing with the same condition.

Three words: resilient, curious, purpose-driven

Book donated to the EMOTION library: Scale by Geoffrey West


Anaïs, 22, was born in Paris, France. Moving away to the USA at 6 years old, she lived there most of her life (Michigan and California) before living in Tokyo, Japan for 3 years. She eventually returned to California to obtain her degree in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior from the University of California, Davis.

Since, she has decided to combine her international experience and scientific experience and pursue the EMOTION Master in the hopes of creating more cross-cultural connections in the cosmetic industry. 

Three words: adaptable, kind, persistent

Book donated to the EMOTION library: Atomic Habits by James Clear


Ilaria was born in 1997 and raised in Genova, Italy. She attended Università degli Studi di Genova obtaining her bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and Chemical Technologies.

She did an internship in a cosmetic firm in Liguria, which was involved in green manufacturing and plant-based cosmetics. She reported her internship work in her thesis, discussing the substitution of petrochemicals ingredients with natural and organic ones while proofing the efficacy of these new formulations on the market. She wants to approach the medical field and apply it in cosmetics.

Three words: intuitive, caring, adventurous

Book donated to the EMOTION library: The Wall by Marlen Haushofer


Yazmín is a Medical Doctor who was born in Argentina, in 1994. She obtained her degree with Cum Laude recognition at Buenos Aires University, in 2020.

Ever since, she has participated in a National Volunteering Program (DetectAr) to help with the COVID-19 pandemic. She has also been working as a physician at a local clinic. During her academic years, she has worked for almost 6 years as an Anatomy Teaching Assistant at her university.

Her dream is to develop her own sustainable cosmetic line and combine this with aesthetic medicine. She aspires to open her own clinic after the EMOTION Master. 

Three words: committed, empathic, kind

Book donated to the EMOTION library: Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert


Margy was born in Bogotá, Colombia on 18th March 1993. She obtained her degree in Pharmaceutical Chemistry in 2020 at Universidad Nacional de Colombia. In 2018 she studied abroad with an exchange mobility program at Phillips Universität Marburg, in Germany.

While she was developing her undergraduate thesis, she discovered her passion for cosmetics and dermatological field, which led her join to EMOTION. She is a cat lover, a smiley person, a dreamer woman, passionate about languages and personal growth. She also believes in the universe, stars, and destiny.

Three words: determined, persistent, reliable

Book donated to the Emotion Library: The power of now by Eckhart Tolle


Artur is 27 years old and was born in the South of Brazil. He obtained his Pharmacy degree in 2017 from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, with part of his studies being held at the Queen Mary University of London (United Kingdom). In 2019 he got a degree in Research and Development of Cosmetic Products (São Paulo, Brazil).

He has three years of experience working as a pharmacist in a compounding pharmacy specialized in Dermatology.

Three words: determined, curios, positive

Book donated to the EMOTION library: The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown


Adriana is 25 years old and was born in Curitiba, Brazil, where she obtained her degree in Medicine from Universidade Federal do Paraná (UFPR).

She also studied for a year at Universidad de Granada, in Spain. She won a “Young Talents” scholarship and participated in two research projects in the area of Metabolic Syndrome and Physical activity in adolescents. During her final year she did an internship in Dermatology at Hospital de Clínicas do Paraná. She has always been passionate about taking care of the skin, about cosmetics and the art of perfumery.

Three words: responsible, organized, curious

Book donated to the EMOTION library: Sad Cypress by Agatha Christie


Desire was born in 1994 in Lagos, Nigeria. She holds a Bachelor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Lagos and certification in Cosmetic Science from Beauty Therapy Institute.

With a palpable passion for skin health education and her experience in brand development, she is dedicated to helping people via social media and her website. Her goal is to create cosmetic products and spaces to make everyone confident in their skin.

Three words: christian, curious, outspoken

Book donated to the EMOTION library: Stay with Me by Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀


Yasmin was born in Alexandria, Egypt in 1997. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering with a specialty in cell and tissue engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, USA.

She is an experienced academic researcher from her work at several institutions including the University of Illinois at Chicago and the center of excellence for stem cell research at Alexandria.

Driven by passion for research and development, she went on to work at Proteinea, a thriving bio-tech startup, before deciding to pursue the EMOTION Master.

Three words: adventurous, creative, persistent

Book donated to the EMOTION library: The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot


Anusha was born in 1997 in Spain, to a Finnish mother and an Indian father. At the age of 17, she started her career at the University of Glasgow where she obtained her BSc in Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry.

During her studies she undertook a one-year placement at a multinational pharmaceutical company, giving her insight into industry. After graduation, she worked at an R&D company in the analytical chemistry department.

With EMOTION she aims to leave her mark within the fast-evolving cosmetic industry by combining her multicultural background and passion towards people, to create her own inclusive cosmetics company.

Three words: ambitious, trustworthy, and committed

Book donated to the EMOTION library: You Do You by Sarah Knight

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Last modified: November 24, 2023

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