Staff Research Group "Environmental Risks"

Source: HMGU

Dr. Susanne Breitner
Dipl.-Stat.; Senior Scientist;
Deputy head of research unit 'Environmental Risks'

Phone: +49 89 3187-4481
Fax: +49 89 3187-3380
Building/Room: 56/254

Group: Environmental Risks

Curriculum Vitae

  • 1997 – 2003: Studies of Statistics at the Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich, Germany; Diplom Statistik (Master of Science Statistics)
  • 2003 - 2007: PhD in statistics with applications in epidemiology at the Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich, Department of Statistics;
    PhD thesis: “Time-varying coefficient models and measurement error”
  • 2004: Visiting doctoral student at Harvard School of Public Health, Environmental Epidemiology Program, Prof. Joel Schwartz, Boston, USA (3 months)


  • 2000 - 2003: Student assistant at the Statistical Consulting Unit (STABLAB), Department of Statistics, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich
  • 2003 - 2006: Research associate at the Statistical Consulting Unit (STABLAB), Department of Statistics, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich
  • 2003 – 2007: Research associate at Helmholtz Zentrum München – Institute of Epidemiology
  • 2007 – 2012: Post Doctoral Fellow at Helmholtz Zentrum München, Neuherberg, Germany
  • Since 2009: Lectures on advanced epidemiology and environmental epidemiology for MPH- and MScEpi-students at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich, Germany
  • Since 2012: Senior Scientist at Helmholtz Zentrum München, Germany
  • May – June 2012: Visiting Scientist at the Environmental Public Health Division of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA

Current Research Focus

My research interests include the effects of particulate air pollution and air temperature on health outcomes. I am especially interested in the statistical methodology of air pollution and air temperature data analysis including gene-environment interactions, synergistic effects of air pollution and weather, and multi-pollutant approaches.

Current Research Projects

> "Impact of Meteorological Parameters on Suicide Rates in Germany“

  • Study coordination (Principal investigator)

> “Nitrogen dioxide: population-weighted exposure assessment and quantification of environmental burden of disease in Germany”

  • Data analysis and publication


  • Data analysis and publication

> REKLIM: “Regionaler Klimawandel: Ursachen und Folgen”

  • Data analysis and publication

> “Ambient and controlled particle exposures as triggers for acute ECG-changes, and the role of anti-oxidant status”

  • Statistical analysis plan
  • Reporting and publication

> UFIREG: "Ultrafine particles – an evidence based contribution to the development of regional and European environmental and health policy”

  • Coordination of statistical analysis plan and data analysis
  • Reporting and publication

> EPA STAR 2 "Source-specific health effects of ultrafine and fine particles"

  • Coordination of data management
  • Data analysis and publication

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