Dr. Cinthia Briseņo was born 1976 in Mexico-City. She began her studies in Chemistry at the University of Mainz and later received her diploma in Biochemistry at the private University Witten/Herdecke in 2001. After that she continued her scientific carreer, first at the Max-Planck-Institute for Neurobiology, where she investigated apoptisis in the Nematode C. elegans. Later she changed her doctoral topic and worked at the former Scientific Center for Environment and Health, now named Helmholtz Zentrum Munich, on signal transduction by the Epstein-Barr virus oncogene proteins.
After her PhD in 2006 she received a scholarship for a science journalism training program at the Bertelsmann Foundation and entered the wide world of media. Several internships at newspapers and press offices finally lead her 2007 to her first job as an editor at the "Stuttgarter Zeitung." Since October 2009 she is with the German news website SPIEGEL ONLINE. First working as an editor for the Science Separtment, and later as deputy head of the department. Since January 2012 she has directed the Department of Health of SPIEGEL ONLINE which went online in June 2012.