Curriculum Vitae

Academic Background

  • 2006 

Postdoctoral lecture qualification ("Habilitation") for Epidemiology at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Ulm, Germany

  • 1999               

Master of Public Health, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany

  • 1996               

PhD (Human Biology / Theoretical Medicine)
Faculty of Medicine, Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany

  • 1991               

Diploma Human Biology / Theoretical Medicine, Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany


Current Position

  • 2019 –            

Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health Inequalities

  • 2014 –            

Managing Director of the Institute of Public Health and Nursing Research, University of Bremen, Germany

  • 2013 –            

Full Professor of Social Epidemiology and Head of the Department of Social Epidemiology, Institute of Public Health and Nursing Research, Faculty of Human and Health Sciences, University of Bremen, Germany


Previous Positions

  • 2011 – 2013   

Head of the Department of Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology, Bavarian Health and Food Safety Authority, Munich, Germany

  • 2004 – 2011   

Senior Scientist, Bavarian Health and Food Safety Authority, Oberschleißheim and Munich, Department of Environmental Medicine, Germany

  • 2002 – 2004   

Assistant Professor at the University of Ulm, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Epidemiology, Germany

  • 1999 – 2002   

Scientist at the GSF - National Research Center for Environment and Health, Institute of Epidemiology, Neuherberg, Germany

  • 1998 – 1999   

Research Assistant at the Federal Office for Radiation Protection, Department of Epidemiology and Statistics, Oberschleißheim, Germany

  • 1992 – 1998   

Research Assistant at the University Children's Hospital Tübingen, Germany


Selected professional activities

  • Since 2018     

Member of the board of the Bremen state association for health (Landesvereinigung für Gesundheit Bremen e.V.)

  • Since 2016     

Appointed member of the Commission on Environmental Medicine and Environmental Public Health of the Federal Ministry of Health at the Robert Koch-Institute in collaboration with the German Environment Agency

  • Since 2009     

Invited expert on social inequalities in environmental health, WHO European Centre for Environment and Health, Bonn, Germany

  • 2008 - 2018   

Member of the board of the German Public Health Association (DGPH)

  • Since 2002     

Member of the extended board of the German Association for Social Medicine and Prevention (DGSMP),
Spokeswoman of the working group on gender-specific health research