Short CV/Education and training

  • 1989 – 1994
    Studied pharmacy at Marburg University, Germany

  • 1995
    Pharmacist's licence

  • 1997 – 2001
    Studied Egyptology (major subject), history of pharmacy and the natural sciences and pharmaceutical biology (minor subjects), Marburg University

  • 2001
    Magister Artium degree (MA) (with distinction) at Marburg University

  • 2004
    Doctorate (summa cum laude) in Egyptology in the Faculty of Foreign Languages and Cultures at Marburg University

  • 1995 – 2010
    Employment as a pharmacist (part-time since 1999)

  • 1999 – 2006
    Research associate at the Department of the History of Pharmacy at Marburg University; since 2002, teaching appointment in Egyptology

  • 2006 – 2007
    Visiting researcher at the Institute of Egyptology and Ancient Near Eastern Studies at Mainz University, Germany

  • 2007 – 2010
    German Research Foundation (DFG) research fellowship for "Ancient Egyptian medical recipes in their transdisciplinary context, as viewed from the perspectives of philology, cultural history and pharmacology" (on leave from Feb. 2008 to Jan. 2009)

  • 2008 – 2009
    Research associate in the Department of Egyptology at Mainz University and in the Collaborative Research Centre (SFB 295) "Cultural and linguistic contacts", subproject B.8: "Child gods", Mainz University (DFG)

  • Since 2010
    University professor of Egyptology at Mainz University

Selected publications


  • Annette Imhausen, Tanja Pommerening (eds.): Writings of Early Scholars in the Ancient Near East, Egypt, Rome and Greece. Translating Ancient Scientific Texts (Beiträge zur Altertumskunde; 286). Berlin/New York: De Gruyter 2010.

  • Die altägyptischen Hohlmaße. (Studien zur Altägyptischen Kultur; Beiheft 10) Hamburg: Buske 2005. [awarded the Dalberg Prize 2005]


  • Die SsAw-Lehrtexte der heilkundlichen Literatur des Alten Ägypten. Tradition und Textgeschichte. In: Daliah Bawanypeck, Annette Imhausen (eds.): Traditions of Written Knowledge in Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia. Proceedings of Two Workshops Held at Goethe-University, Frankfurt/Main in December 2011 and May 2012. (Alter Orient und Altes Testament; 403) Münster: Ugarit Verlag 2014, pp. 7-46.

  • Lehren lernen am Beispiel der Entwicklung eines Übungsbuches der Mittelägyptischen Sprache. In: Dörte Andres (ed.): Gute Lehre – von der Idee zur Realität. Innovative Lehrprojekte an der JGU. (Motivierendes Lehren und Lernen in Hochschulen; 18) Bielefeld: UVW Webler 2013, pp. 107-119.

  • Von Impotenz und Migräne – eine kritische Auseinandersetzung mit Übersetzungen des Papyrus Ebers. In: Annette Imhausen, Tanja Pommerening (eds.): Writings of Early Scholars in the Ancient Near East, Egypt, Rome and Greece. Translating Ancient Scientific Texts. (Beiträge zur Altertumskunde; 286) Berlin / New York: De Gruyter 2010, pp. 153-174.

  • The Early Dynastic origin of the Water-lily motif (with Elena Marinova, Stan Hendrickx). Chronique d'Égypte LXXXV, fasc. 169-170 (2010), pp. 14-40.

  • βούτυρος "Flaschenkürbis˜ und κουροτόκος im Corpus Hippocraticum, De sterilibus 214: Entlehnung und Lehnübersetzung aus dem Ägyptischen. Glotta 86 (2010), pp. 40-54. [Download]

  • Healing measures: dja and oipe in Ancient Egyptian pharmacy and medicine. In: Jenefer Cockitt, Rosalie David (eds.): Pharmacy and Medicine in Ancient Egypt. Proceedings of the conferences held in Cairo (2007) and Manchester (2008). (British Archaeological Reports; S2141) Oxford: Archaeopress 2010, pp. 132-137.

Selected projects

Membership in scientific bodies/juries


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