Academic appointments:

  • Since March 2021: Full Professor (W3) for Innovative Implant Development (Fracture Healing), Werner Siemens Foundation Endowed Chair, Saarland University, Homburg, Germany
  • 2019 – 2021: Research Fellow, Manchester Metropolitan University, Research Centre for Musculoskeletal Science & Sports Medicine, Manchester, United Kingdom
  • 2014 – 2019: Resident and lecturer, RWTH Aachen University Hospital, Department of Orthopaedic Trauma Surgery, Aachen, Germany
  • 2011 – 2014: Post-doc and Head Medical Doctor, German Aerospace Center (DLR), Institute of Aerospace Medicine, Cologne, Germany
  • 2009 – 2011: Resident, Cologne University Hospital, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology, Cologne, Germany
  • 2008 – 2009: Post-doc, Charité Berlin, ZWMB (Center for Space Medicine Berlin), Berlin, Germany

Medical specialization:

  • Orthopaedic Surgeon (Fachärztin für Orthopädie und Unfallchirurgie)
  • Physiologist (Fachärztin für Physiologie)
  • Emergency Medicine (Zusatzbezeichnung Notfallmedizin)
  • Sports Medicine (Zusatzbezeichnung Sportmedizin)

Explanation: In Germany, Physiology is a residency (specialist training, 4 years) for medical doctors, just like Orthopaedic Surgery (6 years). Sports and Emergency Medicine are shorter additional trainings and can be completed on top of a full residency.


  • 2019: PD (habilitation = postdoctoral thesis, venia legendi), in Experimental Orthopaedic Trauma Surgery, RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany, topic: “Adaptation of the musculoskeletal system to unloading and loading in the context of human spaceflight”.
  • 2007: Dr. med. (dissertation), Lübeck University, Lübeck, Germany
  • 2003 – 2007: MD, clinical part of Medical School, Lübeck University, Lübeck, Germany
  • 2001 – 2003: Theoretical part of Medical School, Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, Halle, Germany
  • Time abroad: as a student electives in Australia and New Zealand

I am an active reviewer for several journals and institutions.