Dr. Alexandra Schneider, MPHDeputy Director of the Institute of Epidemiology, Head of Research Group "Environmental Risks"
“Living in urban built environments means being exposed to multiple environmental factors. Protecting especially the susceptible subpopulations from harmful environmental stimuli and promoting health by pointing to the beneficial factors is the driver of my research.”
“Living in urban built environments means being exposed to multiple environmental factors. Protecting especially the susceptible subpopulations from harmful environmental stimuli and promoting health by pointing to the beneficial factors is the driver of my research."
Academic Career and Research Areas
Alexandra Schneider holds both a Diploma in Meteorology and a Master’s in Public Health. In 2004 she received her doctorate in human biology from the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich. She then worked as a postdoc at the Institute for Epidemiology, Helmholtz Zentrum München, in the research group "Epidemiology of Air Pollution Effects". Since 2010 she has headed her own research group "Environmental Risks" at the Institute for Epidemiology at Helmholtz Zentrum München. The research interests of Alexandra Schneider are divided into several areas. The first touches on the impact of weather and climate change on human health, the second on particulate and gaseous air pollution. The focus is on cardiovascular diseases. Together with the adverse health effects of noise and the health-promoting influences of green and blue areas, Alexandra Schneider covers the large topic "Urban Health". Important partners for her research are the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and the Multi County Multi City Database Network.
Alexandra enjoys sharing her enthusiasm and experience about her work and participates in a broad range of scientific activities:
- Regular Visiting Scientist of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
- Member of the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE), Member of the Sustainability Task Force
- Member of the Editorial Board of Inhalation Toxicology and since 2022 as Associate Editor
- Member of the Commission Environmental Public Health at the Robert Koch-Institute
- Speaker of the Expert Group “Environmental Impact and Geographical Factors” of the German National Cohort (NAKO)
- Member of the Editorial Board Section Team on "Climate Change and Health" of the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
- Member of the Multi Country Multi City Database Network
- Associate Editor for Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology (specialty section of Frontiers in Epidemiology)
Fields of Work and Expertise
Environmental EpidemiologyAir PollutionMeteorologyClimate ChangeNoiseGreen SpaceBiostatisticsCardiovascular Diseases
Deputy Director of the Institute of Epidemiology at Helmholtz Munich
Speaker of the Expert Group “Environmental Impact and Geographical Factors” of the German National Cohort (NAKO)
Head of Research Group “Environmental Risks” at the Institute of Epidemiology at Helmholtz Munich
Visiting scientist for 3 months at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Dr. rer. biol. hum. (PhD) in Medicine (Epidemiology), Ludwig-Maximilians Universität München, Munich, Germany
Honors and Awards
Scientific and Technological Achievement Award Level 1 of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: “Demonstrating the effects of air pollution on individuals with prior cardiac complications
Young Investigator Award of the German Society for Medical Informatics, Biometry and Epidemiology (GMDS)
"Bavarian Public Health Lion” for best Master’s Thesis
Highlight PublicationsSee all
Future Temperature-related Mortality under Physiological Adaptation Scenarios and Socio-economic Adaptive Capacities: A Modelling Framework
2022 Nature Cardiovascular Research
Triggering of myocardial infarction by heat exposure is modified by medication intake, Nature Cardiovascular Research
2021 Lancet Planet Health
Ambient carbon monoxide and daily mortality: a global time-series study in 337 cities.
2021 Lancet Planet Health
Longitudinal associations between ambient air pollution and insulin sensitivity: results from the KORA cohort study.