Source: HMGU

Dr. Regina Pickford, née Rückerl
Senior scientist

Phone: +49 89 3187-3660
Building/Room: 56/130a

Group: Exposomics


  • 2007 – 2010: PhD student, Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich
  • 2001 – 2003: Master of Science in Epidemiology, Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich
  • 02/1998 – 05/1998: Guest student nutrition and home economics, Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1993 – 1999: Master of Science in Nutrition (Dipl. Oec. Troph.), Technical University, Munich

Work Experience

  • 2020 - Present: Senior scientist at Helmholtz Zentrum München, Research Group "Exposomics"
  • 2018 – 2020: Postdoc at Helmholtz Zentrum München, Research Group "Environmental Exposure Assessment"
  • 2013 – 2017: Postdoc at Helmholtz Zentrum München, Research Group "Environmental Risks" and Environmental Science Center (ESC), University of Augsburg, Augsburg; funded by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG, Grant Number RU 1453/2-1)<s></s>
  • 2011 – 2014: External quality assurance of the German Chronic Kidney Disease Study, Erlangen, Germany (
  • 2000 – 2013: Junior Scientist at Helmholtz Zentrum München, Germany (until December 2007 known as GSF, Neuherberg, Germany), Institute of Epidemiology, Research Unit of Epidemiology of Air Pollution Health Effects
  • 02/2006 – 12/2006: Deputy head of the KORA study centre, Augsburg, Germany
  • 03/2000 – 07/2000: Online Editor Nutrition at, Munich


  • Nachwuchspreis der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Epidemiologie 2006
  • Special Commendation by the Rebecca James Baker Memorial Prize Committee (ISEE) 2007


2008 - Present: Member of the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology

Research Interests

Effects of air pollution and other environmental factors on blood parameters and their relationship with cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

Individual and public measures which attenuate the adverse effects of air pollution on human health specifically for susceptible populations.  

Current Research Projects

> EXPANSE "EXposome Powered tools for healthy living in urbAN Settings". EXPANSE focuses on the urban exposome, the complex interplay between the built, social, physico-chemical, food, and lifestyle aspects of the urban environment.

> AWAIR "Environmental integrated, multilevel knowledge and approaches to counteract critical AIR pollution events, improving vulnerable citizens' quality of life in Central Europe Functional Urban Areas"

> The impact of environmental factors on COVID-19 and other virus infections: a systematic review