Person Details

Nicole Probst-Hensch, Professor, PhD (Pharmacy and Epidemiology), MPH, Group Leader, Head of Unit, Head of Department
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Department -> Unit
Epidemiology and Public Health
Epidemiology and Public Health -> Chronic Disease Epidemiology -> Genetic Epidemiology of Non-Communicable Diseases


Professional activities at Swiss TPH
  • Chronic Disease Epidemiology
  • Environmental Epidemiology
  • Genetic Epidemiology & Gene-Environment Interactions
  • Development and Conduct of Cohorts & Biobanks

Higher education and qualifications
  • 1985 Masters in Pharmacy, ETH Zürich
  • 1991 Dr. phil. II (Pharmacy), University of Basel
  • 1993 MPH University of California Los Angeles
  • 1995 PhD in Epidemiology University of California Los Angeles
  • 1995 Assistant Professor, University of Southern California, Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, Los Angeles
  • 2004 Venia docendi (PD / Assistant professor) University Zürich, Medical School
  • 2008 Titularprofessur (Prof./Associate professor) University Zürich, Medical School
  • 2009 Extraordinaria (Prof./Associate professor) University Basel, Medical School

Past professional activities
  • 2007-current: President, Scientific Committee, Swiss Public Health
  • 2007-current: Member, Expert Committee, Law on Genetic Testing in Humans (GUMEK)
  • 2002-current: SAPALDIA Cohort, Member Directorate & Head Biobanking/Genetics
  • 2009-current: Swiss Tropical & Public Health Institute, Associated Institute of the University of Basel, Department of Epidemiology & Public Health, Unit Chronic Disease Epidemiology, Head of Unit
  • 2008-2009: University of Zürich,Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine
    Head, Department of Chronic Disease Epidemiology & Director, Coordination Center, National Institute of Epidemiology and Registration (NICER)
  • 2002-2008: University of Zürich,
    Institutes of Social and Preventive Medicine/Surgical Pathology
    Department of Molecular Epidemiology/Cancer Registry, Head of Department & Director Cancer Registry Zürich
  • 1997-2002 : University of Basel, Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine,
    Department of Molecular Epidemiology/Cancer Epidemiology, Head
  • 1994-1997: University of Southern California (Los Angeles, USA), Norris/Comprehensive Cancer Center,Department of Preventive Medicine, Research Assistant Professor, Cancer Epidemiology
  • 1994: University of California, Los Angeles, School of Public Health
    Department of Epidemiology, Research Assistant Cancer Epidemiology
  • 1990-1991: University of Basel, Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine, Doctoral Student/Research Assistant
  • 1987-1990: Roche Ltd., Basel, Department of Corporate Communications



  • Federal Expert Committee on Law on Genetic Testing in Humans - GUMEK  (Member)
  • Foundation Biobank Suisse (Member Foundation Council)
  • Public Health Switzerland (Member of Directorate and President Scientific Committee)
  • Swiss Cancer, Expert Committee Colorectal Cancer (Member)
  • Swiss Cohort Study on Air Pollution and Lung Diseases in Adults - SAPALDIA (Directorate Member)
  • Swiss Public Health Conference 2012 (scientific review committee)


Editorial Boards

  • Environmental Health Perspectives
  • Public Health Genomics