From May 2017 to September 2020, Mariia Shkolnykova worked as a research assistant (PhD student) in the department's teaching, third-party funded projects and committee work, and also wrote her dissertation on the subject of "Firm innovation and industry transformation. The case of German Biotechnology". On September 10, 2020 she successfully completed her doctoral colloquium.
The cumulative dissertation deals with the emergence and development of biotechnology in Germany, which has been strongly promoted since the 1980s through targeted technology policy measures and later also contributed to the emergence of the bio-economy. The thesis comprises four empirical papers applying modern methods of quantitative economic research to patent and company data. As part of her doctoral studies, Mariia Shkolnykova visited the Nordic Institute for Studies in Innovation, Research and Education (NIFU) in Oslo for a research stay.
Mariia Shkolnykova continues to work as a research assistant (postdoc) in the research group to continue her innovation economics work and to gain further qualifications in empirical economic research and teaching.