Medical specialization:

  • 01/2019: Orthopaedic Surgery (Fachärztin für Orthopädie und Unfallchirurgie)
  • 01/2014: Physiology (Fachärztin für Physiologie)
  • 07/2015: Emergency Medicine (Zusatzbezeichnung Notfallmedizin)
  • 09/2014: Sport Medicine (Zusatzbezeichnung Sportmedizin)

Explanation: In Germany, Physiology is a residency (specialist training) for medical doctors, just like Surgery or Internal Medicine. Sport and Emergency Medicine are shorter additional trainings and can be completed in addition to a full residency.

Academic appointments:

  • Since 02/2019: Manchester Metropolitan University, School of Healthcare Science, Manchester, United Kingdom
  • 11/2014 – 1/2019: RWTH Aachen University Hospital, Department of Orthopaedic Trauma Surgery, Aachen, Germany
  • 9/2011 – 8/2014: German Aerospace Center (DLR), Institute of Aerospace Medicine, Cologne, Germany
  • 5/2009 – 4/2011: Cologne University Hospital, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology, Cologne, Germany
  • 4/2008 – 2/2009: Charité Berlin, ZWMB (Center for Space Medicine Berlin), Berlin, Germany


  • 2007: Dr. med. (dissertation), Lübeck University, Germany
  • 2003 – 2007: MD, clinical part of Medical School and Computer Sciences, Lübeck University, Germany
  • 2001 – 2003: Theoretical part of Medical School, Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, Halle, Germany
  • Time abroad: bush hospital in Australia, Tauranga hospital in New Zealand and student at University of Sydney, Australia

Space research responsibilities:

  • Co-I: NASA/ESA bed-rest study testing artificial gravity (scheduled for 2019)
  • Head Medical Doctor ESA bed-rest study MEP 2011/2012
  • Co-I: ESA bed rest study NUC 2010/2011
  • European Commission FP7 project “Planetary Habitat Simulation” (acronym: PlanHab) 2012/2013
  • Member of Advisory Group Finnish Center of Excellence in Research for Sustainable Space 2018-2025