Selected publications

  • Gassmann, K. et al.: Species-specific AhR deficiency protects human neural progenitor cells against developmental neurotoxicity of PAHs. Environ Health Perspect, 2010, in press.

  • Schreiber, T. et al.: PBDEs induce developmental neurotoxicity in a human in vitro model: evidence for endocrine disruption. In: Environ Health Perspect 118(4), 2010. S. 572-578.

  • Moors, M. et al.: Human neurospheres as three-dimensional cellular systems for developmental neurotoxicity testing. In: Environ Health Perspect 117, 2009. S. 1131-1138.

  • Fritsche, E. et al.: Lightening up the UV response by identification of the Arylhydrocarbon Receptor as a cytoplasmatic target for Ultraviolet B radiation. In: Proc Nat Acad Sci USA 104, 2007. S. 8851-8856.

Selected projects

  • The significance of the AhR signalling pathway in UV-induced skin aging

  • Establishing normal human neural progenitor cells as an in vitro screening model for assessing the neurotoxic potential of chemicals

  • The effects of thyroid hormone on aging processes in the brain

Membership in scientific bodies/juries


  • Central European Society for Alternative Methods to Animal Experimentation

  • German Society for Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology (DGPT)

  • EUSAAT (European Society for Alternatives to Animal Testing), Vice-President

  • SOT (Society of Toxicology)

  • INA (International Neurotoxicology Association)

Editorial boards:

  • Open Environmental Journal

  • NeuroToxicology


  • ATLA

Scientific Boards:

  • Cefic (European Chemical Council) ESAP (external scientific advisory board) member

  • AXLR8 (EU) Scientific Panel Member

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Soft Skills

  • Team training seminars

  • Leadership and management

Other activities and achievements/family

  • 2 children


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