My research deals with environmental epidemiology and includes exposure assessment studies, aetiological research and health risk assessments in the area of ionizing and non-ionizing radiation, noise exposure, ambient air pollution, climate change, pesticides and passive smoking.
2016- Associate Professor in Environmental Epidemiology (University of Basel) and Head of the Environmental Exposures and Health Unit at Swiss TPH, Basel
2009-2016 SSPH+Assistant Professor and Head of the Environmental Exposures and Health Unit at Swiss TPH, Basel
2003-2009 Senior Epidemiologist and Head of the Environmental Health Research Group, Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine, University of Bern
2001-2003 Postdoc at the Institute for Social and Preventive Medicine, University of Basel
1998-2001 PhD Student at the Air Quality Management Agency of Basel and Institute for Social and Preventive Medicine, Basel
1997-1998 Research Assistant at the Institute of Atmospheric Science ETH, Zürich
1988-1991 Primary School Teacher, Dagmersellen
Higher education and qualifications
2009 PD (‘Venia docendi’) at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Bern, Switzerland
1998-2001 PhD (summa cum laude) in Epidemiology, University of Basel, 19 February, 2001: Spatial variability of air pollutants in the Basel area and carcinogenic and non-carcinogenic health risk.
2000-2001 Post graduate education in Applied Statistics, ETH Zürich, Switzerland
1992-1997 MSc in Environmental Science, ETH Zürich, Switzerland
1983-1988 Pedagogic college in Hitzkirch, Switzerland
2018 European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC) Review: Climate Change and Health.
2017-2018 Co-chair of the Technical Program Committee for BioEM Meeting, 25-29 June 2018, in Protorož, Slovenia.
2017- Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the “Occupational exposure to chrysotile workers in mines and processing facilities in Asbest, Russian Federation” study, jointly conducted by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and the Izmerov Research Institute of Occupational Health of the Russian Federation in Moscow.
2016- Member of the ICNIRP (International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection)
2016- Member of the International Scientific Advisory Board of COSMOS (cohort study of mobile phone use and health)
2016- Member of the Editorial Board of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
2016- Member of the Federal Commission for Tobacco Prevention (Eidgenössische Kommission für Tabakprävention)
2015-2018 Member of the Scientific Council of the IARC (International Agency for Research on Cancer)
2013- Member of the Editorial Board of Bioelectromagnetics
2013- Affiliated Researcher at the Israeli Non-Ionizing Radiation Information Center
2012- Member of the Federal Noise Abatement Commission (Eidgenössische Lärmbekämpfungskommission)
2012- Writing Committee of the Environmental Health Criteria Monograph on Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Fields of the WHO.
2011-2016 Member of the a+Energy-Commission of Swiss Academies of Arts and Science
2011- Foundation Board of the Research Foundation Mobile Communication
2011- Extraparliamentary Commission for Environmental Research of the Federal Office for Environment
2011 Working Group of the IARC Monographs on the Evaluation of Carcinogenic Risks to Humans Volume 102: Non-Ionizing Radiation, Part II: Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Fields [includes mobile telephones, microwaves, and radar]
2010- Member of the Expanded Board of the Master of Public Health (MPH) Program, Switzerland
2010-2015 Member of the Steering Committee Swiss Association for Smoking Prevention (Arbeitsgemeinschaft Tabakprävention)
2010- Associate Editor of the International Journal of Public Health
2010- Member of the Expert Group for the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority (SSM)
2009-2014 Committee Member for the Program Electromagnetic Fields and Health (EMF&H) from ZonMw in The Netherlands
2009-2014 Member of the Rapid Response Group (RRG) for the Japan EMF Information Center
2008-2012 Member of the Working Group 3 “Epidemiology and Human Studies”; COST Action BM0704: Emerging EMF technologies: health risk management
2008-2009 Task Group evaluating the German study on childhood cancer in the vicinity of nuclear power plants (AG61). German Federal Office of Radiation Protection, Bonn