I am a scientist and pharmaceutical professional specializing in translational clinical development. Being fortunate to study at top universities, I have worked in research institutes, biotech firms, and clinical operations for several leading pharmaceutical companies. My work in protocol design, medical writing, and project management has included pre-clinical and clinical activities for Phase II and III trials for multiple indications. I am knowledgeable in scientific product development, particularly for neuroscience applications.
Over the course of the last 15 years, I have had the opportunity and privilege to contribute equally to both academic research institutes and commercial pharmaceutical development throughout all stages of the clinical development life-cycle for international clinical research and development.
An American living in Germany
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: www.SonyaFaber.com
- Phone: +49-(0)177-263-6895
- Home: Berlin, Germany
- Degrees: MA, PhD, MBA
- Languages: English and German
- Birthplace: California
- Nationality: US Citizen
Although I have spent many years working in clinical research, I have always had a passion for teaching and academic research and have used a portion of my energy to continue publishing and research on topics of interest.
See my scholarly works for a complete list of my publications and upcoming papers.
Clinical Trials managed internationally
Trainings Provided for scientists and clinicians
Papers Under Review hot new research coming soon
Published Papers in peer-reviewed outlets
I am currently employed at Angelini Pharma, headquartered in Rome, Italy, where my work is focused on teaching physicians the mechanism of action and side effects of new medications and the initiation of investigator-initiated studies to treat and diagnose mentally disabled adult epilepsy patients. I also have extensive experience in grant writing, having successfully acquired funding for projects ranging from a 20M € Regenerative Medicine program to public-private partnership funding for the development of diagnostics systems.
Below is an overview of my education and work history. You can also read more about my full employment history and work on clinical trials.
Master of Business Administration
2001 - 2003
BARUCH COLLEGE, Zicklin School of Business, New York, NY
Pharmaceuticals and International Marketing
Doctor of Philosophy
1995 - 2002
NEW YORK UNIVERSITY, Skirball Institute, New York, NY
Master of Arts
1992 - 1995
BROWN UNIVERSITY, Providence, RI
INSTITUTE FOR BRAIN RESEARCH, Zurich, Switzerland
Bachelor of Arts
UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA, Philadelphia, PA
Double major in Neurobiology and German Literature
Recent Professional Experience
Adjunct Professor - Epidemiology and Public Health
2022 - Present
UNIVERSITY OF OTTAWA, Ottawa, Canada
Medical Science Liaison - Neurology
2020 - Present
ANGELINI PHARMA, Berlin, Germany
Medical Science Liaison - Neurology
2018 - 2020
SYNEOS HEALTH, Berlin, Germany
Site Intelligence and Medical Science Liaison
2016 - 2018
IQVIA, Berlin, Germany
Clinical Trial Lead in Neurology, Oncology, and Rare-Disease Trials
2014 - 2016
COVANCE Clinical & Periapproval Services, Berlin, Germany
Senior Clinical Manager Hematology and Oncology Trials
2013 - 2014
GESELLSCHAFT FÜR MED. INNOVATION HÄMATOLOGIE & ONKOLOGIE mbH, Germany
Cofounder, Consultant, and Partner
2011 - 2012
BIOVILLE GmbH, Leipzig Germany
Seminars & Trainings
I am dedicated to training and mentoring the next generation of scientists. I have a special interest in students and clinical researchers and have designed courses to teach scientific writing, research methods, and Good Clinical Practice (GCP). In my current position, I educate physicians about current topics in epilepsy, including organizing medical events, seminars, and symposia.
- The Ethics of Inclusion: Culturally Informed Research Design
- Writing the Scientific Paper for Doctoral Students
- Medical Case Study for Medical Students
- Stratification and Endpoint Considerations for a Novel Viral Dendritic Cell Combination Therapy
- Clinical Trials Intensive 3 week Course for Clinical Trial Associates
- All about Good Clinical Practice, E6 Management Seminar
- Career Development for Epilepsy Research
- Understanding Race and Racism
Main Areas of Interest
I am interested in creating innovative solutions for medical conditions to benefit both patients and build knowledge in the scientific community.
Treatments for Epilepsy
As one my main areas of expertise, I coordinate a seminar series for the training and mentoring of young epilepsy researchers and physicians.
Mental Health Disparities
I study the implications of marginalization on the mental health and wellbeing of vulnerable groups.
I enjoy scientifically debunking antiquated notions about race as a biological construct to make room for more meaningful discussions on the problem of racism in Western society.
I am interested in psychedelic pharmaceuticals and issues related to equity and access of these drugs as they are completing clinical trials and moving into the marketplace.
Diversity & Inclusion in Science
Understanding racial issues and business administration has enabled me to implement equity, diversity, and inclusion initiatives in organizational and academic venues.
Awards & Distinctions
Magna Diagnostics Team won the Germany-wide Landmark “365 Places in the Land of the Ideas" award.
Dr. Sonya Faber created the Innovator Circle for the career development of young epilepsy researchers in Frankfurt, Germany.
Magna Diagnostics, founded by Dr. Faber, won FutureSax First Place Team award.
Dr. Faber was the lead author on a paper about civil courage and racial justice, accepted by the prestigious journal, the American Psychologist.
American Psychological Association
Dr. Sonya Faber is an important voice in the conversation about anti-Black racism in the Western world.