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Board of Directors

Scientific Director

Prof. Dr. Tilman Grune

phone: +49 (0)33200 88-2216

Assistant to the Scientific Director: Stephanie Wirth
phone: +49 (0)33200 88-2416
fax: +49 (0)33200 88-2555

Curriculum vitae


  • 1981–1987 | Studies: 'Medical Biochemistry', II. Medical Institute Moscow, Russia
  • 1986–1987 | Diploma level: Comparative analysis of structures of cytochrome P-450 isoforms of the liver

Research positions

  • 1987–1992 | Research assistant at the Institute of Biochemistry of the Medical Faculty (Charité), Humboldt University Berlin, Germany
  • 1992–1993 | Research assistant at the Research Institute of Molecular Pharmacology Berlin, Germany
  • 1993–1994 | Senior research assistant at the Clinics of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation of the Medical Faculty (Charité), Humboldt University Berlin, Germany
  • 1994–1995 | Post-doctoral fellowship at the Institute of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, Albany Medical College, Albany NY, USA
  • 1995–2000 | Head of the research division of the Clinics of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation of the Medical Faculty (Charité), Humboldt University Berlin, Germany
  • 2000–2003 | Head of the Free Radical Research Division of the Neuroscience Research Centre of the Medical Faculty (Charité), Humboldt University Berlin, Germany
  • 2003–2006 | Head of the Free Radical Research Laboratory, Research Institute of Environmental Health, Heinrich Heine University Duesseldorf, Germany
  • 2006–2010 | Chair of the Department of Biofunctionality and Safety of Food in the Institute of Biological Chemistry and Nutrition, University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany
  • 2010-2014 | Chair of the Department of Nutritional Toxicology in the Institute of Nutrition, Friedrich Schiller University, Jena, Germany
  • 2014 | Scientific Director of the German Institute of Human Nutrition Potsdam-Rehbruecke and Chair of the Department Molecular Toxicology, University of Potsdam, Germany


  • 1992 | Graduation (MD): Nucleotide degradation and free radical damage during ischemia and reperfusion of the rat small intestine
  • 1993–1994 | DFG research fellowship
  • 1998 | Habilitation (Lecturer of Biochemistry): Secondary antioxidative defense systems in mammalian cells – the removal of oxidation products as demonstrated by the degradation of the lipid peroxidation product 4-hydroxynonenal and the removal of oxidatively modified proteins
  • 2013 │ Dr. h.c. University of Buenos Aires


  • 2003 | Paul Gersson Unna Award
  • 2003 | Skin Aging Research Award
  • 2003 | René-Schubert-Award of Aging Research
  • 2004 | Catherine Pasquier Award / SFRR (Europe)


Administrative Director

Dr. Birgit Schröder-Smeibidl

phone: +49 (0)33200 88-2221

Assistant to the Administrative Director: Silke Brüning
phone: +49 (0)33200 88-2393
fax: +49 (0)33200 85-250

Curriculum vitae

Birgit Schröder-Smeibidl studied physics at the University of Bayreuth, where she was awarded a PhD degree with a thesis on the properties of solid materials at extremely low temperatures: “Nuclear specific heat of thallium and nuclear magnetic resonance of AuIn2, platinum and aluminum“.

In September 1993, she took a post-doctoral position at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz under the employment of the Hahn-Meitner Institute Berlin (HMI). In 1995 she joined the scientific staff of the HMI, which merged with BESSY GmbH to the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie (HZB) in 2009. Her scientific topics of interest were neutron scattering, magnetism, and neutron autoradiography for art historical research.

As of 1997 she fulfilled different tasks in research management. From 2000 to 2008 she served as academic coordinator for the Scientific Director at HMI, Prof. M. Steiner. As of 2006 she held leading positions in the central infrastructure division, for example, as head of the Department Central Information Technology. From 2006, she headed the Department for Safety, being responsible for occupational health and safety, technical and biological safety, as well as emergency and disaster management. In a dual role since 2008, she led the facilities management division. In this time – and in addition from 2010 onwards also as authorized signatory – she was responsible for many construction and technical projects at both HZB sites, in Berlin-Wannsee and in Berlin-Adlershof.

In November 2016 she assumed the position of Administrative Director at DIfE.


Scientific and Administrative Coordination

Dr. Anke Schmidt
Coordinator Board of Directors
phone: +49 (0)33200 88-2213

Dr. Petra Wiedmer
Scientific Coordinator
phone: +49 (0)33200 88-2245

Dr. Ulrike Bernhardt
Research Coordinator
phone: +49 (0)33200 88-2663

Dr. Constanze Bickelmann
Research Coordinator
phone: +49 (0)33200 88-2684

Dr. Denise Peth (maternity leave)
Administrative Coordinator
phone: +49 (0)33200 88-2211

Claudia Haase
Administrative Coordinator
phone.: 033200 88-2243

Dr. Anne-Cathrin Ost (maternity leave)
Administrative Coordinator
phone: +49 (0)33200 88-2211

Sonja Schäche
Coordinator for Press and Public Relations
phone: +49 (0)33200 88-2278

Jutta Schwenk
Coordinator for Safety and Health at Work, Genetic Engineering and Radiation Protection
phone: +49 (0)33200 88-2308

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