Staff

Source: Helmholtz Zentrum München

Dr. Alexandra Schneider
Head of Research Group Environmental Risks, Dipl.–Met., M.P.H.

Phone: +49 89 3187-3512
Fax: +49 89 3187-3380
E-mail
Building/Room: 56/224


Group: Environmental Risks

Education

  • 1990 – 1998: Study of Meteorology at Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Germany (Special field: Human Biometeorology) Diploma (Master of Science) in Meteorology, Diploma/Master thesis: "Influence of weather on endurance capacity in healthy subjects”
  • 1995: Summer Session "Applied Numerical Methods” and "Statistics” at UCLA, California, USA
  • 2001 – 2003: Postgraduate Study of Epidemiology and Public Health at Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Germany: Master of Public Health postgrad.
    Master thesis: "Repolarization changes induced by air pollution in ischemic heart disease patients” (at GSF, Neuherberg, Germany: EPA-STAR-1 study)
  • 2002: Licence for practicing climatic therapy
  • 2004: Workshop on Climate and Health at NCAR, Boulder, Colorado, USA
  • 2004: PhD in Human Biology at Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Germany (Institute of Medical Balneology and Climatology)
    PhD thesis: "Influence of weather on endurance capacity in subjects with coronary heart disease – a timeseries analysis”


Experience

  • 1994 – 1999: Free assistant in a private weather forecast company in Munich, Germany
  • 1999: Assistant author of a meteorology book ("Das große Buch vom Wetter”)
  • 1999 – 2000: Private teacher for maths and physics in Munich, Germany
  • 2000 – 2001: Research assistant at Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich (Institute of Medical Balneology and Climatology): "Risk and Benefit of High Altitude”
  • Since 2002: Lectures on climatic therapy for physicians in various therapy centers in Germany
  • 2003 – 2004: Research assistant at GSF, Neuherberg, Germany, for AIRGENE study
  • 2003 – 2008: Lectures on Biometry for MPH-students at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich, Germany 
  • 2004 - 2009: Post Doctoral Fellow at Helmholtz Zentrum München, Germany (until December 2007 known as GSF, Neuherberg, Germany) and since 2007 Team Leader of the Subgroup “Air Pollution Health Effects” in the research unit of Annette Peters
  • 2005 – 2007: Lectures on Environmental Epidemiology at the Private University for Health Sciences in Hall, Austria
  • July – October 2006, May 2007, February 2008, October/November 2008, May 2009, December 2009 – January 2010, May 2010, August – October 2012, May/June 2014, August/September 2015, September/October 2016: Visiting Scientist at the Environmental Public Health Division of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA
  • Since 2009: Lectures on Environmental Epidemiology and Advanced Methods in Epidemiology for MPH- and MScEpi-students at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich, Germany
  • Since 2009: Senior Scientist at Helmholtz Zentrum München, Germany
  • Since 2010: Team Leader of the Research Unit “Environmental Risks” at Helmholtz Zentrum München, Germany


Memberships

  • Since 2008: Member of the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology
  • Since 2010: Member of the Editorial Board of Inhalation Toxicology
  • Since 2016: Member of the "Kommission Umweltmedizin und Public Health am Robert Koch-Institut in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Umweltbundesamt"


Awards

  • 2003 "Bavarian Public Health Lion” for best master thesis
  • 2004 "GMDS Förderpreis Epidemiologie”


Research interests

My research interest in epidemiology splits in two different fields. First of all, I am very interested in the influence of weather and climate changes (single parameters like air temperature as well as whole weather classes) on human health, which is especially in Munich a very interesting topic because of the geographical and meteorological influence of the Alps. Secondly, I'm looking forward to some new research results in the field of gaseous and particulate matter air pollution and its influence on the human organism. The center of my research is the reaction of the heart (ECG analysis) and the endothelial function on fine and ultrafine particles exposure. Also gene-environment interactions and epigenetics are becoming a more important part of my work. Moreover, the influence of noise on health outcomes is one of my latest fields of interest. In addition, I enjoy learning new statistical techniques and methods for analyzing the data. Also, I love to give some lectures because I think this is a really important part of research work and should be more emphasized in Germany.

Researcher ID: B53-47-2014; > 66 articles published; > 1527 citations; H-index 21.


Currently most relevant research projects

  • UFIREG: “Ultrafine Particles – an evidence-based contribution to the development of regional and European environmental and health policy”, www.ufireg-central.eu/, Central Europe

  • REKLIM: "Regionale Klimaänderungen – Ursachen und Folgen“, www.reklim.de/, Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft

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