I trained as a pharmaceutical scientist and studied and worked in four European Union countries (Germany, France, Italy and the UK). My laboratory and clinical investigations focused on molecular mechanisms underlying nerve cell death in neurological conditions, including Alzheimer’s disease.
I have researched and taught in the field of neuropharmacology for fifteen years, am a licensed pharmacist, and hold an honorary Associate Professor position (Habilitation; Privatdozentin) in Pharmacology at Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany.
Over time my scholarly interests shifted towards questions to which the interdisciplinary field of the health humanities tries to find answers. I am particularly interested in how specific cultural trends and ideas lead laboratory and clinical researchers to study health and disease – and particularly conditions of aging and old age as well as aging itself – within specific paradigms.
I hold a second PhD in the Health Humanities and have published in Health Humanities journals including Literature and Medicine and Medical Humanities, as well as teaching journals like the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education.
My first monograph, on The Poetics and Politics of Alzheimer’s Disease Life-Writing, has come out in the Literature, Science and Medicine series of the Palgrave imprint; thanks to Wellcome Trust funding you can download it free from the publisher’s page. My second book, The Diseased Brain and the Failing Mind. Dementia in Science, Medicine and Literature of the Long Twentieth Century, will be published by Bloomsbury in 2020. Thanks to Wellcome Trust funding also this monograph will be available open access.