Source: HMGU

Dr. Alexandra Schneider
Head of Research Group 'Environmental Risks', Senior Scientist

Phone: +49 89 3187-3512
Fax: +49 89 3187-3380
Building/Room: 56/247

Group: Environmental Risks


  • 2004: PhD in Human Biology at the Institute of Medical Balneology and Climatology, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Munich, Germany
  • 2004: Workshop on climate and health at NCAR, Boulder, Colorado, USA
  • 2002: Licence for practicing climatic therapy
  • 2001 – 2003: Postgraduate study of Epidemiology and Public Health at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Munich, Germany: Master of Public Health postgrad.
  • 1995: Summer session "Applied Numerical Methods” and "Statistics” at UCLA, California, USA
  • 1990 – 1998: Study of Meteorology at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Munich, Germany (Special field: Human Biometeorology) Diploma (Master of Science) in Meteorology


  • 2018 - Present: Leader of the expert group “Environment” of the German National Cohort (GNC, NAKO Gesundheitsstudie)
  • 2010 - Present: Team leader of the research unit "Environmental Risks" at Helmholtz Zentrum München, Neuherberg, Germany
  • 2009 - Present: Senior scientist at Helmholtz Zentrum München, Neuherberg, Germany
  • 2009 - Present: Lectures on environmental epidemiology and advanced methods in epidemiology for MPH- and MScEpi-students at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Munich, Germany
  • 2007 - 2010: Team leader of the working group "Air Pollution Health Effects" in the research unit of Annette Peters
  • 2006 - Present: Annual stays of several weeks as visiting scientist at the Environmental Public Health Division of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA
  • 2005 - 2007: Lectures on environmental epidemiology at the Private University for Health Sciences, Hall, Austria
  • 2004 - 2009: Post doctoral fellow at Helmholtz Zentrum München, Neuherberg, Germany (until December 2007 known as GSF, Neuherberg, Germany)
  • 2003 - 2008: Lectures on biometry for MPH-students at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Munich, Germany
  • 2003 - 2004: Research assistant at GSF, Neuherberg, Germany, for the AIRGENE study
  • 2002 - Present: Lectures on climatic therapy for physicians in various therapy centers in Germany
  • 2000 - 2001: Research assistant at the Institute of Medical Balneology and Climatology: "Risk and Benefit of High Altitude”, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Munich
  • 1999 - 2000: Private teacher for maths and physics, Munich, Germany
  • 1999: Assistant author of a meteorology book ("Das große Buch vom Wetter”)
  • 1994 - 1999: Free assistant in a private weather forecast company, Munich, Germany


  • 2019 - Present: Member of the section "Climate Change and Health" of the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
  • 2016 - Present: Member of the "Kommission Umweltmedizin und Public Health am Robert Koch-Institut in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Umweltbundesamt"
  • 2010 - Present: Member of the Editorial Board of Inhalation Toxicology
  • 2008 - Present: Member of the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology



  • 2003 "Bavarian Public Health Lion” for best master thesis 
  • 2004 "GMDS Förderpreis Epidemiologie"

Research interests

My research interest in epidemiology splits in two different fields. First of all, I am very interested in the influence of weather and climate changes (single parameters like air temperature as well as whole weather classes) on human health, which is especially in Munich a very interesting topic because of the geographical and meteorological influence of the Alps. Secondly, I'm looking forward to some new research results in the field of gaseous and particulate matter air pollution and its influence on the human organism. The center of my research is the reaction of the heart (ECG analysis) and the endothelial function on fine and ultrafine particles exposure. Also gene-environment interactions and epigenetics are becoming a more important part of my work. Moreover, the influence of noise on health outcomes is one of my latest fields of interest. In addition, I enjoy learning new statistical techniques and methods for analyzing the data. Also, I love to give lectures because I think this is a really important part of research work and should be more emphasized in Germany’s scientific education.

Researcher ID: B53-47-2014; > 66 articles published; > 1527 citations; H-index 21.

Currently most relevant research projects 

  • EXHAUSTION: "Exposure to heat and air pollution in Europe - cardiopulmonary impacts and benefits of mitigation and adaption"; lead of WP2 
  • REKLIM: "Regionale Klimaänderungen – Ursachen und Folgen“,, Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft
  • "Nitrogen dioxide: population-weighted exposure assessment and quantification of environmental burden of disease in Germany"
  • CATHGEN : "CATHeterization GENetics Research Project"
  • INGER: "Integrating gender into environmental health research: Building a sound evidence basis for gender-sensitive prevention and environmental health protection"