Short CV/Education and training

  • 1997 – 1998
    Research assistant, Department of Medical Genetics, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden

  • 1998 – 1999
    Junior doctor, University Children's Hospital of Freiburg, Germany

  • 2000 – 2002
    German Research Foundation (DFG) research fellow at the Institute of Human Genetics, University of Bonn, Germany

  • 2002 – 2004
    Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO) Postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Medical Genetics, University of Antwerp, Belgium

    Director of the Emmy Noether junior research group: Cloning and characterisation of genes for monogenic and genetically complex forms of isolated alopecia, Institute of Human Genetics, University of Bonn

    Current appointment to a W2 Heisenberg Professorship funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) at the University of Bonn

Selected publications

  • Levy-Nissenbaum, E. et al.: Hypotrichosis simplex of the scalp is associated with nonsense mutations in CDSN encoding corneodesmosin. In: Nature Genet 34, 2003. S. 151-153.

  • Pasternack, S.M. et al.: G protein-coupled receptor P2Y5 and its ligand LPA are involved in maintenance of human hair growth. In: Nature Genet 40, 2008. S. 329-334.

  • Pasternack, S.M. et al.: In-vitro analysis of LIPH mutations causing hypotrichosis simplex: further evidence confirming the role of lipases and lysophosphatidic acid in hair growth. In: J Invest Dermatol 129, 2009. S. 2772-2776.

Selected projects

  • The genetics of monogenic and genetically complex hair-development disorders

  • Pathogenesis of genodermatosis (hyperpigmentation disorders, actinic prurigo)

Additional qualifications

  • Specialist in human genetics


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