Anna Abnizova

Post-Doctoral Fellow in Arctic Hydrology and Biogeochemistry - Wilfrid Laurier University

Research Interests: Arctic hydrology, carbon dynamics in arctic ponds
University/Research Institution in Germany: Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, Potsdam, Germany
E-Mail: abnizova[at]yorku[dot]ca

Anna Abnizova obtained her PhD at York University, Canada's third-largest university. Her current research interests include hydrology of arctic lakes and ponds in permafrost dominated environments, greenhouse gas dynamics in arctic ponds and lakes.

Anna worked at the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) during her RISE professional DAAD (Research Internships in Science and Engineering, German Academic Exchange Program) internship in the Helmholtz Young Investigator group (Sensitivity of the permafrost system’s water and energy balance under changing climate: A multiscale perspective – SPARC). She spent a few summer months working at the AWI, Research Unit in Potsdam, Germany. One of the multiple focuses of SPARC’s studies has been on establishing spatial and temporal linkages between water and energy fluxes at the plot and landscape scales of different permafrost affected ecosystems in Siberia and Canada. Anna continued to be part of SPARC’s research team and participated in the expedition to Samoylov Island, Lena Delta at the Laptev Sea coast in north-eastern Siberia in fall of 2008. In 2010 Anna again joined the SPARC’s research group in Potsdam with the support by the DAAD, where she spent 10 months working on data collected in Siberia.

If you have questions regarding undergraduate, graduate, postdoctoral research in circumpolar environments and funding possibilities in Germany, please feel free to contact her.
Dr. Aftab Ahmed

Research Assistant Professor, College of Pharmacy – University of Rhode Island

Research Interests: Protein purification and characterization (Proteomics)
University/Research Institution in Germany: Max-Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Martinsried
E-Mail: aftab[at]mail[dot]uri[dot]edu

Aftab Ahmed is a Research Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the RI-INBRE Centralized Research Core Laboratory, College of Pharmacy, University of Rhode Island. He studied protein chemistry at the HEJ Research Institute of Chemistry, University of Karachi, Pakistan. He was a recipient of DAAD Sandwich doctoral fellowship for two years from September 1985-1987, to complete a part of his Ph.D. thesis in the laboratory of Prof. Dr. Gerhard Braunitzer at Max-Plank Institute of Biochemistry, Martinsried, near Munich. He again joined Braunitzer’s laboratory from May 1988-September 1989 with a postdoctoral fellowship grant from Max- Planck-Gesellshaft. His research interest is in protein purification and characterization including amino acid sequencing and mass spectrometry. He also had the opportunity to collaborate and mentor students from the University of Braunschweig in his laboratory. He feels that DAAD fellowship played a very important role in his career as a researcher & educator. He is serving as a DAAD research ambassador and would like to encourage American students to participate in the DAAD program and assist them in gaining the same experience and opportunity. If you have questions concerning research opportunities and sources of funding in Germany please feel free to contact him.
Gizem Arslan

Visiting Assistant Professor of German - Knox College

Research Interests: Post-World-War II Literatures in German and French, translation studies, literary multilingualism,transnational literatures, literatures of migration, theories of language and writing systems, intermedial approaches to print literature, mathematical and geometric tropes in literature, literary-mathematical experiments and literary constraint, theories of space.
University/Research Institution in Germany: Universität Potsdam
E-Mail: ga56[at]cornell[dot]edu

Gizem Arslan is a doctoral candidate in the Department of German Studies at Cornell University, and since Fall 2012 she holds a position as Visiting Instructor of Modern Languages-German at Knox College. Her dissertation in progress, entitled “Metamorphoses of the Letter in Paul Celan, Georges Perec, and Yoko Tawada” argues for the critical status of orthographic symbols (letters of phonetic alphabets, Sino-Japanese ideograms, mathematical symbols, punctuation) as catalyst for translational and intermedial techniques in multilingual literatures since 1945. Her research has received generous support in the form of Sage Fellowships (Cornell University), a DAAD/Max Kade Research Grant (Washington University- St. Louis), a Graduate School Research Travel Grant (Cornell University), an International Research Travel Grant (The Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies), and a ten-month Doctoral Research Grant from the DAAD. Her initial reflections on intersections between Tawada and Celan’s poetics, “Orientation, Encounter and Synaesthesia in Yoko Tawada and Paul Celan,” has appeared this year in an edited volume entitled The Future of Text and Image from Cambridge Scholars Publishing in Great Britain.

Gizem was the recipient of a ten-month doctoral research grant from the DAAD in 2009-10. During her stay in Berlin/Potsdam, she primarily conducted research at the Institute for Aesthetics and Media at the University of Potsdam and at the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin. Thanks to her grants from the DAAD and Cornell University, she was also able to organize research trips to the Association Georges Perec at the Library of the Arsenal in Paris, in order to examine Georges Perec’s manuscripts. If you have questions concerning research opportunities in German Studies, media studies, literatures of migration, or related disciplines and sources of funding please feel free to contact her.
Dr. Robert Beachy

Associate Professor and Department Chair, History – Goucher College

Research Interests: Modern German social and cultural history; gender history and the history of sexuality
University/Research Institution in Germany: Universität Leipzig, Herzog August Bibliothek (Wolfenbüttel), Max Planck Institut für Geschichte (Göttingen)
E-Mail: rbeachy[at]goucher[dot]edu

Robert Beachy is Associate Professor and Chair of History at Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland. His first monograph, The Soul of Commerce: Credit, Property, and Politics in Leipzig, 1750-1840 (Brill, 2005) examines the influence of early modern social ties and commercial culture on political reform in the German territorial state of Saxony. In conjunction with this book he coedited two collections of essays, Women, Business and Finance in Nineteenth-Century Europe (Berg, 2006) and Who Ran the Cities (Ashgate, 2007), which explore related themes in European and transatlantic contexts. As a Visiting Assistant Professor at Wake Forest University, Robert organized a conference on the expansion of the Moravians throughout the Atlantic World. The resulting volume, Pious Pursuits: German Moravians in the Atlantic World (Berghahn, 2007), includes thematic essays on gender, cultural, commercial, and slave labor relations within the Moravians’ European and Atlantic World communities. With James Retallack, Robert is also coauthoring Civil Wars: Reconsidering the German Nation, 1757-1914, which appears with Oxford University Press in 2014. His most recent research explores the German origins of “homosexuality” and his Gay Berlin: Birthplace of a Modern Identity appears with Alfred A. Knopf in 2013. Robert has also completed much of the research for a related volume on the Nazi persecution of gays and lesbians, tentatively titled Long Knives: Homosexuality in Nazi Germany. In addition to DAAD PhD-research and re-invitation grants, Robert’s research has been supported by the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the National Humanities Center, the Center for the Advanced Study of the Behavioral Sciences (Stanford University), the American Philosophical Association, the Huntington Library, the Herzog August Library, and the (former) Max Planck Institute for History (Göttingen).
Dr. Elmar Bergeler

Localization Engineer

Research Interests: physics experiments with computer based measurements
University/Research Institution in Germany: Freie Universität Berlin and Technische Universität Dresden
E-Mail: elmar[dot]bergeler[at]googlemail[dot]com

Currently, Elmar Bergeler works for National Instruments in Austin, Texas, where he helps with the localization of a robotics learning kit. He also writes articles to explain science in everyday life and publishes the science magazine, Science Niblets. He majored in math and physics at the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany. During his studies, he spent one semester abroad at the University of Nairobi, Kenya, with a scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service. He later went on to earn a doctoral degree in the field of physics education from the Technische Universität Dresden, Germany. His dissertation examined a new learning method in which students learn physics content through writing their own scientific texts. He has experience as a science and math teacher at high schools in Italy and Germany and has taught and designed lab courses for future physics teacher at the Technische Universität Dresden. For the lab courses, he developed learning materials and physics experiments with a focus on computer based measurements and how these experiments can improve teaching and learning physics.
Dr. Staver Bezhani

Department of Biology - University of Pennsylvania
Research Interests: Molecular Biology; Plant Biology
Universities/Research Institutions in Germany: Hannover University, Friedrich-Schiller University of Jena,
Westfälische Wilhelms University of Münster
E-Mail: benzhani[at]

Studied biology and chemistry, at the “E. Hoxha” University in Tirana, Albania. For about ten years was plant physiology and biology lecturer at “Alexander Xhuvani” University in Albania. Staver was awarded a one and a half year DAAD scholarship in 1995. In Klaus Kloppstech’s Laboratory, Institute of Botany, Hannover University was done the experimental part of the PhD on the high light induced proteins in barley. After a two year return in Albania, Staver moved back to Germany at Friedrich-Schiller University in Jena for five year. Transcription regulation and response regulators were the main topics of the research as research associate in Ralf Oelmüller’s laboratory. In 2004 moved to United States and worked for four year as a postdoctoral researcher in Doris Wagner’s Laboratory, Biology Department of the University of Pennsylvania. The main research was transcription regulation and chromatin remodeling proteins in Arabidopsis thaliana. Since 2008 is Biology Lecturer and teaches Biology 101 and Biology 102 in Biology Department of the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Marybeth Boger

Director, Center for Academic and Professional Enrichment - New Jersey Institute of Technology

Research Interests: Education - Social and Learning Issues
University/Research Institution in Germany: Fachhochschule Darmstadt, Fachhochschule Dortmund, Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut in Essen
E-Mail: boger[at]

Marybeth Boger is the Director of the Center for Academic and Professional Enrichment at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Passionate about her calling, Marybeth spends her days motivating and helping to inspire academic and personal development in students. Marybeth contends that it is necessary to think outside of the box when examining and employing various strategies to engage students in their learning process as they experience the challenges transitioning from high school to post secondary education. Academic success is one factor, but along side of that is the development of a “person”. For Marybeth, it is extremely rewarding to be a part of the personal and scholarly development of post secondary students.

Throughout most of her graduate studies, Marybeth was a Schomburg Fellow and in 1999 became a recipient of a DAAD grant to conduct research in Germany where she examined the racial climate at a German Comprehensive High School (Gesamtschule) in Dortmund. This afforded her the opportunity to explore the social trends within an educational setting by conducting hours of interviews with German and non German students. She worked under the guidance of colleagues at the Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut in Essen, Technische Hochschule Darmstadt, and Fachhochschule Dortmund.

In 2001, Marybeth was awarded a PhD in Global Education from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Since 1989, Marybeth has spent a total of 4.5 years residing in Germany in the capacity of a student, employee, or researcher. For Marybeth, Germany is a rich landscape for further research projects with focus on social and educational themes.
Deborah Anna Brown

Doctoral Candidate in History - University of California, Los Angeles
Lecturer in History and Sexuality Studies - San Francisco State University

Research Interests: Late Ninteenth and early Twentieth Century German/German-Jewish History, German nationalism, history of statistics in Germany, the German Census and Compulsory Registration
University/Research Institution in Germany: Technische Universitaet Berlin
E-Mail: brown[at]

Deborah Anna Brown is currently a doctoral candidate in History at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her dissertation project, The Order of Things and their Numerical Value, examines the performance of art song in early nineteenth-century Germany, considering how the communicative practice of singing questioned the veracity and centrality of the concepts of autonomy and interiority in German thought. To date, her research has received the support of the German Historical Institute, UCLA’s Mellon Program on the Holocaust in American and World Culture, and UC Berkeley’s Center for German and European Studies, as well as the DAAD. Her broader research interests include relationships between science and the growth of nationalism; she is also working on a second project that looks at women’s bodies in the cult of the German nation. Deborah was the recipient of a ten-month doctoral research grant from the DAAD in 2007-08. During her stay in Berlin, she primarily conducted research at the Bundesarchiv Berlin and the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, as well as at the Statistisches Bundesamt, Wiesbaden. If you have questions concerning research opportunities in history, German-Jewish studies, quantitative social science, or related disciplines and sources of funding, please feel free to contact her.
Dr. Corey Campion

An instructor in history - Hood College, Shepherd University, and Georgetown University

Research Interests: Modern Europe (Germany & France)
Universities/Research Institutions in Germany: Universitaet Freiburg
E-Mail: campion[at]

Corey Campion obtained his PhD in modern European history at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. His dissertation, "Living with the Enemy: A Comparison of French and American Cultural Occupation Policies in Germany, 1945-1949," examines the implementation of Allied reeducation policies and the intersection of French, American, and German cultural models in French-occupied Freiburg and American-occupied Stuttgart. The project reflects his broader interests in Franco-German cultural and diplomatic relations and the transmission of culture in occupied societies.

With the help of a research grant from DAAD Corey conducted archival research in Germany from 2005-2007. He worked most in the municipal archives of Freiburg and Stuttgart, the state archives of Baden-Württemberg and the archives of the Catholic Archdiocese in Freiburg. He also has worked in both the French and American national archives. Please feel free to contact him with any questions that you might have about conducting historical research in Germany.
Dr. Albrecht Classen

University Distinguished Professor of German Studies, The University of Arizona, Tucson

Research Interests: medieval and early modern German and European literature, cultural history, history of mentality, everyday culture, interdisciplinary research, gender studies, and comparative literature
University/Research Institution in Germany: Universities in Freiburg, Marburg, Frankfurt a. M., Leipzig, Halle, Herzog August Bibliothek in Wolfenbüttel
E-Mail: aclassen[at]email[dot]arizona[dot]edu

Albrecht Classen became full professor of German Studies in 1994, and University Distinguished Professor in 2004. He has published more than 70 scholarly books, critical editions, translations, text books, and anthologies, focusing on medieval and early modern German and European literature, accompanied by ca. 570 scholarly articles in North American, Australian, and European journals. He has worked much on late-medieval love poetry (Oswald von Wolkenstein, Charles d’Orléans, Franco Sacchetti, Michel Beheim, the Monk of Salzburg, etc.), on the topics of sexuality (several books), love and marriage, the myth of the medieval chastity belt, women’s poetry, urban space, rural space, friendship, war and peace, childhood in the premodern world, old age in the premodern world, and on laughter. He has published a three-volume Handbook of Medieval Studies (2010) and is currently preparing a new Handbook of Medieval Culture. His current research focuses on the topic of prostitution in medieval literature, and on the encounters between East and West in the premodern world. He is also the editor of the three journals Mediaevistik, Tristania, and Humanities-Open Access Online. He has received several DAAD Summer Research Grants, was a participant in two NEH Summer Seminars, and was guest professor, apart from Helsinki, Poznan, Triest, Valencia, Sevilla, Seoul, also at Halle. He spends every summer several weeks, if not up to two months, in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland for research and giving lectures. Since 2004 he has led student summer travel courses traversing all of Europe, and has taught summer school at Cambridge from 2010 to 2012. In 2004 he received the Bundesverdienstkreuz am Band.

Dr. John F. Corrigan

Professor of Chemistry and Director
Centre for Advanced Materials and Biomaterials Research - The University of Western Ontario, London, Canada

Research Interests: Inorganic and Nanomaterials Chemistry
Universities/Research Institutions in Germany: Karlsruher Institut für Technologie
E-Mail: corrigan[at]uwo[dot]ca

John Corrigan is a Professor of Chemistry at The University of Western Ontario (London, Canada) and Director of the interdisciplinary Centre for Advanced Materials and Biomaterials Research at the same institution. His research area is in the assembly of nanometer sized semiconductor materials, with precise size and composition control, via molecular precursor design. John first spent time in Germany as a postdoctoral fellow at the Universität Karlsruhe (now the Karlsruher Institut für Technologie, KIT) and again on a sabbatical leave at the Institute for Nanotechnology, Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe. For the past few years, he has been an invited guest professor at the KIT where he collaborates with researchers in Chemistry and Nanomaterials. These collaborations have led to students from Karlsruhe visiting his laboratories at Western Ontario on exchange programs and graduate students in his laboratories have themselves had the opportunity to participate in extended research stays in Germany during the course of their studies. Having experienced first-hand the numerous positives they bring, he is a strong advocate for mobility programs for students and researchers. John would be delighted to discuss study and research opportunities in Germany, especially to anyone with interests in the natural sciences. He would also be more than happy to share why he has thoroughly enjoyed his time living and working there.
Dr. Carol Anne Costabile-Heming

Professor of German - University of North Texas, Denton

Research Interests: German literature and culture, German film, memory studies
Universities/Research Institutes in Germany: Zentrum für zeithistorische Forschung, Potsdam
Humboldt Universität, Berlin; Deutsches Literaturarchiv, Marbach

E-Mail: carolanne.costabile-heming[at]unt[.]edu

Carol Anne Costabile-Heming is currently Professor of German at University of North Texas. Her current book in progress, “Understanding Friedrich Christian Delius, examines the life and works of contemporary author F.C. Delius, examining Delius’ investigation of history and the way that he uses this history to criticize contemporary German society. To date, her research has received the support of the American Council on Germany, the Fulbright Scholar Program, the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the International Research and Exchanges Board, as well as the DAAD. Her chapter “History in Context: The Spreebogen and Das Haus am Werderschen Markt in the Context of the Architectural Debates” is forthcoming in the volume After the Berlin Wall: Germany and Beyond, edited by Katharina Gerstenberger and Jana Braziel. Her broader research interests include interdisciplinary investigations of German culture from the perspective of film studies, memory studies, and urban planning.

In 2011, Carol Anne was the recipient of a DAAD Study Visit grant, which supported the travel of 12 students to Berlin as a complement to a semester-long course on 20th century Berlin history and culture. If you have questions concerning research opportunities in German literature and culture or related disciplines and sources of funding please feel free to contact her.
Dr. James Deaville

Professor, School for Studies in Art and Culture: Music, Carleton University, Ottawa

Research Interests: New German School of Liszt and Wagner, Allgemeiner Deutscher Musikverein, Robert Schumann, music criticism in Germany, institutions of music in Germany and North America, music and media (especially television), African-American performers in Germany (ca. 1900), etc.
University/Research Institution in Germany: Universität Mainz, Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt Weimar/Universität Jena, etc.
E-Mail: james_deaville[at]carleton[dot]ca

James Deaville is Professor for Music at Carleton University in Ottawa. For fifteen years I taught at McMaster University, and then relocated five years ago to Carleton. My first term as DAAD-Stipendiat extended over two academic years, 1979 to 1981, during which time I was primarily located at the University of Mainz, but also travelled extensively throughout Germany in search of primary sources for my dissertation about the music critic/composer Peter Cornelius (Wagner and Liszt associate). Since then, I have returned to Germany three times with finding support from the DAAD, and I annually travel to German-speaking Europe with support from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. I have published articles and books in both English and German, and have given lectures and papers at various German (and Austrian) universities and Hochschulen, including those in Heidelberg, Mainz, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Weimar [before and after the Wende], Vienna and Graz. Among other conference activities in or sponsored by Germany, I served as invited participant for the German-American Frontiers of Humanities Symposium, American Philosophical Society and Alexander-von-Humboldt Stiftung, in Philadelphia (2008), spoke at the annual Gesellschaft für Musikfoschung meetings in Regensburg (1996), Halle (1998) and Weimar (2004), and have lectured on German music throughout Europe and North America and in Hong Kong and Australia. I have enjoyed funding support from the DAAD, the Humboldt-Stiftung, the Deutsche Foschungsgemeinschaft and various German associations and academic institutions.

Perhaps my most notable German-language publication is the edition (with Günter Wagner) Peter Cornelius: Sämtliche Schriften (Mainz: Schott, 2004). I also edited and translated the dairies of Wagner’s ballet master George Fricke in 1998 through Pendragon Press. I have published an essay collection about new researches in Liszt (Pendragon Press), am co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of Faust in Music and Over the Waves: Music in Broadcasting (OUP), and am preparing an anthology for Pendragon entitled Liszt’s Legacies. In German-speaking Europe, I have authored German- and English-language essays for books released by Universal-Edition, Böhlau-Verlag, Breitkopf und Härtel, Bärenreiter, Metzler-Verlag, Laaber-Verlag, Peter Lang, Turia + Kant and Studio-Verlag. Contributions about German music in its various manifestations have appeared in the Mitteilungen der Arbeitsgemeinschaft für mittelrheinische Musikgeschichte, Die Musikforschung, Hamburger Jahrbuch für Musikwissenschaft, Musik in Bayern, Journal of the American Musicological Society, Journal of Musicological Research, and the new editions of Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart and The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. Finally, I have chapters about Liszt, Wagner, the ADMV and other topics in German music since 1800 in books published by OUP, Cambridge University Press, Princeton University Press, Routledge, University of Rochester Press and Ashgate, among others.

I would be happy to speak with any DAAD applicants or recipients regarding research, academics and life in Germany, whether or not yin the field of music studies.
Dr. Manfred Diehl

Professor, Human Development and Family Studies - Colorado State University

Research Interests: Self-concept and social-emotional development across the adult lifespan; Awareness of Age-Related Change (AARC); Methods for the study of developmental change.
Universities/Research Institutions in Germany: University of Heidelberg;
Jacobs University Bremen; Free University Berlin
E-Mail: diehl[a]

Manfred Diehl is Professor of Human Development and Family Studies at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. His research focuses on self-concept and social-emotional development across the adult lifespan and on awareness of age-related change in adults. He is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and a Fellow of Division 20: Adult Development and Aging of the American Psychological Association. His most recent work on awareness of age-related change is conducted in collaboration with his colleague, Professor Hans-Werner Wahl, from the Institute of Psychological Aging Research at the University of Heidelberg in Germany. The research of Diehl and Wahl on awareness of age-related change is currently funded by a 3-year grant from the TransCoop-Program of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and focuses on the development of measurement instruments for cross-cultural comparisons. In addition, Diehl and Wahl have received funding through Funding Line 1 and 2 from the DAAD to work toward the building of a bi-national PhD program in the area of psychological aging research.

Manfred is a native of Germany where he received his master’s degree in psychology from the University of Bonn in 1984. Funded by a pre-doctoral scholarship from the DAAD, he came to the U.S. in 1985 and started his Ph.D. studies in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at the Pennsylvania State University. After completion of his degree, he decided to stay in the U.S. where he completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. After his post-doctoral appointment, he held tenure-track positions at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and the University of Florida, where he established his research programs. His research has been supported by grants from the National Institute on Aging of the National Institutes of Health. He joined the faculty at Colorado State University in 2006. Manfred has always been active in facilitating exchanges between U.S. and German universities and has maintained active and rewarding relationships with colleagues at several universities in Germany, including the University of Heidelberg, the Jacobs University Bremen, and the Free University Berlin.
Professor Edward J. Eberle

Professor at Roger Williams University School of Law - Rhode Island

Research Interests: Constitutional, comparative and international law
University/Research Institution in Germany: Universities of Heidelberg and Münster
E-Mail: eeberle[at]rwu[dot]edu

Professor Edward Eberle is a Professor at Roger Williams University School of Law and works primarily in areas of constitutional and comparative and international law. I regularly teach the primary courses in Constitutional Law, and also teaches seminars in Free Speech, Freedom of Religion and the Supreme Court (usually specializing in a Court, like the Warren or Rehnquist Court), and also regularly teaches courses in Comparative Law, Comparative Constitutional Law and International Business Transactions. My scholarly publications mirror my teaching interests: constitutional law, free speech, freedom of religion, all from either a US or comparative dimension. Professor Eberle is fluent in German, and regularly teaches and lectures abroad, particularly in Germany, at the Universities of Heidelberg and Münster, where he has been a Fulbright and German Marshall Fund Scholar. I also teach in Denmark at the University of Southern Denmark in Odense.

My major publications include a book on Dignity and Liberty: Constitutional Visions in Germany and the United States and I have three books currently in progress: Church and State in Western Society: Established Church, Cooperation and Separation, a book on Roger Williams and a comparative constitutional law casebook. My major law review articles are The Method and Role of Comparative Law, 8 Wash U. Global Studies L. Rev. 451 (2009); Patterns of Order in Comparative Law: Discovering and Decoding Invisible Powers, 38 Texas Int’l L. J. 291 (2004)(co-author, Bernhard Grossfeld); Free Exercise of Religion in Germany and the United States, 78 Tulane L. Rev. 1023 (2004); Religion in the Classroom in Germany and the United States, 81 Tulane L. Rev. 67 (2006); Human Dignity, Privacy and Personality in German and American Constitutional Law, 1997 Utah L. Rev. 963.
Steven Ehlert

PhD candidate in Physics - Stanford University

Research Interests: High Energy Astrophysics, Observational Cosmology
University/Research Institution in Germany: Max Planck Institut fuer Kernphysik, Universitaet Heidelberg
E-Mail: ehlert[at]

Steven Ehlert is a PhD student at the Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology, a research institute associated with Stanford University and Slac National Accelerator Laboratory. His current research interests include X-ray astronomy, the formation of large scale structure in the universe, and observational cosmology.

As a segue between his undergraduate and graduate studies, he spent the 2007-2008 academic year at the Max Planck Institut fuer Kernphysik in Heidelberg Germany. Feeling that he needed more energy in his studies, his German research focused on gamma ray astronomy using the High Energy Stereoscopic System (H.E.S.S.), a telescope located in the highlands of Namibia.

When not contemplating the universe or enjoying the perpetual sunshine of Silicon Valley and San Francisco, Steven plans elaborate schemes that will send him back to Germany once his PhD thesis is complete. He is willing to help you get there too if you ask nicely.
Dr. Dawit Eshetu

Coordinator and Professor, School of Business, Hospitality and Tourism, Niagara College Canada

Research Interests: Foreign direct investment, competitiveness, bilateral German/EU and Canada economic issues
University/Research Institution in Germany: Bremen University of Applied Science, Osnabrueck University of Applied Science, University of Bremen and University of Leipzig
E-Mail: deshetu[at]niagaracollege[dot]ca

Dawit Eshetu is a Professor of international business at Niagara College in Canada. He is also Coordinator of two international business-oriented programs. He did his MA at University of Bremen and PhD at University of Leipzig through the KAAD scholarship. Since he came to Canada, he has been actively involved in promoting joint programming such as student and faculty exchange between Canadian and German institutions. Dawit is the recipient of teaching and service excellence awards. He has provided guest lectures at universities in Germany, China, South Africa and others. His current research is focused on foreign direct investment into and out of emerging and developing economies.
Dr. Akhilesh K. Gaharwar

Research Associate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA 02139 Research Fellow, Harvard University, Boston, MA 02115

Research Interests: Biomedical Engineering, Nanomaterials, Tissue Engineering, Drug Delivery, and Biomaterials.
University/Research Institution in Germany: Rheinisch-Westfaelische Technische Hochschule (RWTH) Aachen
E-Mail: akhilesh[dot]gaharwar[at]gmail[at]com

Dr. Gaharwar is currently a Research Associate in the David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and research fellow in the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Materials at Harvard University. Dr. Gaharwar received his PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Purdue University and master’s degree in Materials Science from Indian Institute of Technology - Bombay. His research interest spans diverse fields including biomaterials, stem cells, nanotechnology, chemistry, tissue engineering and drug delivery. Dr. Gaharwar was the recipient of a nine-month DAAD/IIT-Master-Sandwich-Program in 2005-06 to complete his master thesis. Dr. Gaharwar’s exemplary achievements in research have also been recognized by the Swiss based Chorafas Foundation and he was awarded the prestigious “2010 Dimitris N. Chorafas Foundation Award”. Other awards included “2012 Acta Student Award”, “2011 Materials Research Society Graduate Research Award”, “2011 Biomedical Engineering Society Graduate Research Award”, “2010 Society For Biomaterials – STAR Nominee”, “2010 Bisland Dissertation Fellowship Nominee”, and “2009 Purdue Graduate Student Government (PGSG) Travel Grant Award”. He was also awarded “2004 Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) Scholarship” for excellent academic performance by Government of India. Dr. Gaharwar has published 15 journal articles in high-impact peer reviewed journals, 1 book chapter and more than 50 conference presentations. He actively serves as an ad-hoc reviewer for more than 10 journals and actively involved in various professional organizations (BMES, MRS, SFB, TERMIS, Sigma-Xi). If you have questions concerning research opportunities in biomedical engineering, materials science, chemistry, or related disciplines and sources of funding please feel free to contact him.
Dr. Thian Yew Gan

Associate Professor Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering - University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada

Research Interests: Hydrologic processes and modeling, climatology, remote sensing, climate change, water resources management and planning, and snow hydrology.
Universities/Research Institutions in Germany: Technical University Munich, Ludwig Maximilian University Munich
E-Mail: tgan[at]ualberta[dot]ca

Thian Yew Gan, a professor in the civil and environmental engineering at the University of Alberta since 1993, is currently an Rossby Visiting Fellow at Stockholm University, Sweden. He and Professor Roger Barry of the University of Colorado-Boulder have recently published a book, “Global Cryosphere- Past, Present and Future” by the Cambridge University Press. Thian is a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), has supervised 7 postdoctoral fellows, graduated 10 PhDs, and 20 master, and published over one hundred and twenty technical papers in various reputable international journals. Thian has been an Erskine Visiting Fellow at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand (2011), a visiting professor to EPFL, Lausanne of Switzerland (2010), visiting scientist to Cemagraf, France (2009), a CIRES Visiting Fellow at University of Colorado-Boulder (2007, 2008); Guest University professor (W3) of Technical University of Munich (2006-2007); Adjunct professor of Utah State University (1998-2005); Honorary Professor of Xian University of Technology, China (since 2004); Honorary professor of Yangtze University (2010-2013), China; Visiting professor of Kyoto University and JSPS Fellow, Japan (1999-2000); Guest professor of Saga University, Japan (1999); and assistant professor of Asian Institute of Technology of Thailand (1989-1990). Thian was a recipient of an eleven-month university guest professorship (W3) grant from the DAAD in 2006-7. During his stay in TUM, Munich, he primarily taught several undergraduate and graduate courses in hydrology, water resources management and planning, and conducted a research on the flood mapping of the Danube River of 2006 using the European satellite data of ERS-1. He was also a recipient of a University of Alberta-LMU collaborative research grant of 2009 to initiate a collaborative research on the possible impact of climate change to watersheds of Bavaria, Germany. If you have questions concerning research opportunities in hydrology, climatology, climate change and water resources or related disciplines and sources of funding, please feel free to contact him.
Prof. Andrew Gow, Ph.D.

Professor of History and Director of Religious Studies, University of Alberta

Research Interests: Late medieval and early modern religion and culture
University/Research Institution in Germany: Universität Augsburg; Hochschule für jüdische Studien, Heidelberg
E-Mail: agow[at]ualberta[dot]ca

Andrew Gow is Professor of History and Director of Religious Studies at the University of Alberta (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada). His research areas are late medieval and early modern religion and culture, with a particular interest in apocalypticism (The Red Jews. Antisemitism in an Apocalyptic age, 1200-1600, Brill, 1995), witchhunting (Male Witches in Early Modern Europe, co-authored with Lara Apps, Manchester, 2003) and the late medieval (pre-Reformation) German Bible (numerous articles). His current projects include translations of all the documents relating to the first mass witch-trial in medieval Europe, in the Artois town of Arras in 1459-61, an edited volume on apocalypticism, and a monograph on how religious morality (still) shapes law and mores in supposedly secular societies. His research has been supported by the Herzog August Bibliothek, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Maison des Sciences de l’Homme in Paris, the Humboldt Foundation (scholarship holder at the University of Erlangen, 2002-3), and the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (Mercator professorship at the University of Augsburg, 2008). Prof. Gow was the recipient of a ten-month study fellowship from the DAAD in 1985-86 at the Albrecht-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg. He has worked in a large number of European research libraries as well as the Staatsarchiv Freiburg, the Staatsarchiv Nürnberg, the Stadtarchiv Nürnberg, and the Stadtarchiv Augsburg.

If you have questions concerning research opportunities in medieval or early modern history, religion or culture, and related sources of funding and research opportunities, please feel free to contact him.
Eckart Graeve, RA LEED AP.

Architecht and Urban Planner in New York City; teaches at the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT)

Research Interests: Urban design and contemporary urban life styles, legislation and policy concerning architecture and urban planning, entrepreneurial micro-manufacturing and custom fabrication technology, philosophy and application of sustainable design.
University/Research Institution in Germany: University of Technology Darmstadt
E-Mail: graeve[at]

Eckart Graeve is an architect and urban planner in New York City. He is a licensed architect in Germany and in New York State and a LEED accredited professional. He practices urban planning at Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM) and teaches at the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT). He was awarded numerous awards for competitions and completed work, particularly the second prize in the Van Alen New York Architect Competition for a Pavilion in Coney Island and the Best Historic Restoration Award by the Municipal Arts Society for the Diane von Furstenberg Building (project architect for Work AC). Graeve is a dual citizen of Germany and the US, and familiar with life, culture and academic structures in both countries. He is interested in international exchange concerning research and development in architecture and planning. Graeve is familiar with the particular landscape of funds, grants and competitions in the field of design, architecture and planning. Please feel free to contact him with any questions.
Dr. Eckhard A. Groll

Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Director of the Office of Professional Practice - Purdue University, Indiana

Research Interests: Technical thermodynamics and thermal systems
University/Research Institution in Germany: Ruhr Univeristy Bochum, Leibnitz University Hannover, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Dr. Eckhard A. Groll is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering and the Director of the Office of Professional Practice at Purdue University. He joined Purdue University as an Assistant Professor in 1994 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2000 and to Full Professor in 2005. He received his Diploma in Mechanical Engineering from the University of the Ruhr in Bochum, Germany, in 1989 and a Doctorate in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Hannover, Germany, in 1994. Professor Groll teaches Thermodynamics and his research focuses on the fundamental thermal sciences as applied to advanced HVAC&R systems, components, and their working fluids. Since joining Purdue, he has been the principal investigator (PI) or Co-PI on 84 research grants and 43 educational grants with a total budget of $9.2 million. Dr. Groll has authored or co-authored 83 archival journal articles and 147 conference papers. He has been the co-author of two handbook chapters and the editor or co-editor of seven conference proceedings. He has given 53 invited lectures or seminars and 4 keynote lectures. He serves as the Regional Editor for the Americas for the International Journal of Refrigeration and is a Fellow of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). Dr. Groll has been recognized for his academic leadership in higher education. He is a 2010-2011 Fellow of the American Council on Education (ACE) and participated in the Academic Leadership Program of the Committee on Institutional Collaboration (CIC-ALP) during 2009-2010. He has received numerous awards for his research and teaching excellence including the 2010 E. K. Campbell Award from ASHRAE, his induction into the Book of Great Teachers at Purdue University in 2008, and the 2007 Purdue University Faculty Scholar Award.
Dr. Martin Habekost

Associate Professor, School of Graphic Communications Management - Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada

Research Interests: Color & color differencing equations, digital print technologies and quantification of printed metallic inks
University/Research Institution in Germany: University of Hanover, German Institute of Rubber Technology (DIK)
E-Mail: habekost[at]

Martin Habekost is Associate Professor at the School of Graphic Communications Management at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. The program is the only university-based four-year program geared towards the printing industry in Canada. His research has been focused on color, the visual perception of color differences and their numerical expression using various color differencing equations. This research endeavor has led to numerous conference presentations at the Technical Association of the Graphic Arts (TAGA) and peer-reviewed publications. He has also authored a chapter in the book Digital Photography for Print (Printing Industries of America, 2009).

Before researching and teaching at Ryerson University, Dr. Habekost worked for 10 years in the printing ink manufacturing industry in Germany and Canada. He received his PhD from the University of Hanover, Germany, in analytical chemistry in conjunction with the German Institute of Rubber Technology ( The School of Graphic Communications Management and the Hochschule der Medien (HdM) in Stuttgart have an active faculty and student exchange program.
Habiba Hadziavdic

Faculty, Department of Modern and Classical Languages – University of Saint Thomas, Minnesota

Research Interests: film, Sinti and Roma studies, minority and ethnic studies, cultural studies, and 20th-century German literature.
Universities/Research Institutions in Germany: Free University Berlin
E-mail: hadziavdic[at]

Habiba Hadziavdic was born in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and moved to the United States in 1993. A year into her PhD studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago, she was awarded a DAAD grant to study in Germany for one year. She was enrolled in classes in the Theater und Filmwissenschaft department at the Frei Universitaet in Berlin. Subsequently, she has done research in Muenchen, Heidelberg, and Berlin. Upon completing her PhD in Germanic Studies, she moved to Minneapolis, MN. Currently, she is teaching in the department of Modern and Classical Languages at the University of Saint Thomas, in Saint Paul, MN.

Paula Hanssen

Associate Professor
Coordinator of German Studies at Webster University in St. Louis

Research Interests: 20th century literature, Bertolt Brecht, Exile, Women's Literature
University/Research Institution in Germany: Bertolt Brecht Archiv, Akademie der Kuenste, Berlin
E-Mail: hanssen[at]webster[dot]edu

Specialization: Modern German and Austrian literature, Bertolt Brecht and his collaborators. Technology is an important part of instruction, especially use of Internet resources in foreign language and culture in context, "hybrid" online+travel courses. The Department of International Languages and Cultures encourages travel to countries where German is spoken, especially at Webster University in Vienna, where German is part of the curriculum. Recent short study tours include 'Paris and Vienna: Culture Capitals' and 'Berlin: Culture in a Divided City'. Currently at work on online courses and research on women collaborator with Bertolt Brecht in exile, Paula Hanssen is past chair of the Small Interest Group (SIG) for Small German Programs in ACTFL, American Association of Teachers of Foreign Language, and is at-large member of Missouri AATG, American Association of Teachers of German -- as well as Treasurer for the International Brecht Society.

Courses: Fin-de-Siecle Vienna in Literature and Art Study Abroad/Online: 'Cultural Capitals Paris and Vienna' and 'Berlin: culture in a divided city' German for beginner, intermediate, advanced levels German Film from Caligari to Lola Rennt Intro. German Literature I and II: from Hildebrandslied to v. Schlink Bertolt Brecht: Poet and Playwrite/Fascinating Fascism (in English)
Dr. George Heffernan

Professor, Department of Philosophy - Merrimack College, Massachusetts

Research Interests: Phenomenology, Hermeneutics, Ethics (esp. Contemporary Moral Problems,e.g. environmental, medical, technological issues)
Universities/Research Institutions in Germany: University of Cologne (PhD 1981, sabbatical research 1998); Freie Universitaet Berlin (sabbatical research 2003)
E-Mail: heffernan[at]

Concentrating on contemporary European philosophy, Professor Heffernan specializes in phenomenology, hermeneutics, and existentialism, focusing on evidence, understanding, and meaning. He has presented numerous papers at scholarly conferences, including the World Congress of Philosophy, the International Husserl Circle, the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, and the International Humanities Conference. He has published numerous monographs, including in Phaenomenologica, Husserl Studies, The New Yearbook for Phenomenology, and the International Journal of the Humanities. He has received three one-year grants from DAAD. Presently Professor Heffernan is completing an edition of Augustine’s Against the Academicians that addresses the perennial issues raised by Hellenistic skepticism, recast by Cartesian rationalism, and revised by contemporary epistemology.

As a DAAD Fellow, Professor Heffernan met his future wife, Dr. Young-Hee Kim, who studied at the University of Cologne and has served as an ambassador for the Republic of Korea. German is their common language; Korean, Turkish and Indian are their favorite foods; and Greece is their choice vacation destination. They know from experience that intercultural education widens people’s horizons, deepens mutual understanding, furthers international commerce, and strengthens world peace. During a sabbatical in Berlin in 2003 Professor Heffernan was elated to finish the Berlin Marathon in a respectable time and honored to be beaten by a determined Kenyan on his way to a new world record.
Dr. Helmut H.A. Hergeth

Associate Professor in Textile Management at NC State University

Research Interests: Strategic Textile Management, Strategic Cost Management, Technology Roadmapping, Business Visualization.
Universities/Research Institutions in Germany: Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität; FH Bielefeld;
RWTH Aachen and HSNR
E-Mail: hergeth[at]

Dr. Hergeth holds a BS degree in Textiles (1980) from North Carolina State University, an MBA (1982) and a Ph.D. (1986) in Business Management and Economics from the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität in Münster, Germany.

Helmut Hergeth joined the faculty of the College of Textiles at NC State in 1991 after working for Akzo-Nobel’s Fiber and Polymer Division in Germany and in the United. At NC State, Helmut teaches at the graduate and undergraduate level and conducts research in strategic aspects of textile management. He has initiated and maintained exchange collaborations with German and European textile and business schools like the multilateral Transatlantic Textile Network and is looking forward to discussing research and study in Germany.
Dr. Michael R. Hübner

Postdoctoral fellow - Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory CSHL

Research Interests: Molecular Cell Biology and Biochemistry. Epigenetic regulation of gene expression, chromatin structur¬¬e and dynamics
University/Research Institution in Germany: European Molecular Biology Laboratory EMBL, Heidelberg; Eberhard-Karls University, Tübingen
E-Mail: huebner[at]cshl[dot]edu

Michael Hübner is a postdoctoral fellow at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory CSHL. His research focuses on the regulation of transcription by epigenetic factors, i.e. the protein- and DNA modifications that determine the expression of genes in human cells. Michael employs a wide range of techniques, from biochemistry and molecular biology to live-cell multi-color fluorescent 3D microscopy and super-resolution microscopy. Michael’s research allows us to visualize in real-time how DNA is transcribed into RNA and then translated into a protein, and how these processes are regulated in single live human cancer cells.

Michael received his PhD summa cum laude from the European Molecular Biology Laboratory EMBL and Ruprecht-Karls University Heidelberg, Germany. During his thesis, he helped elucidate the mechanism of target gene activation by the Estrogen Receptor alpha in human breast cancer cells. Michael holds a Diploma in Biochemistry from Eberhard- Karls University, Tübingen and has received training at Ludwig-Maximilians University and Gene Center in Munich, Max-Planck Institutes for Biochemistry and Neurobiology in Martinsried, as well as the EMBL outstation in Monterotondo, Italy. Michael was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship from DAAD as well as a long-term fellowship from the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO).
Dr. Falk Huettmann

Associate Professor, Inst. of Arctic Biology, Biology & Wildlife Dept. - University of Alaska-Fairbanks (UAF)

Research Interests: Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Online Biodiversity Databases, Predictive Modeling, Global Wildlife Biology & Conservation Management
University/Research Institution in Germany: University of Goettingen (MINC)
E-Mail: fhuettmann[at]Alaska[dot]edu

Falk is a ‘digital naturalist’ working on machine learning, spatial predictions and forecasting; currently he is an Associate Professor of Wildlife Ecology with the University of Alaska-Fairbanks (UAF). He studied Forestry & Environmental Management at the universities of Goettingen, Freiburg, Munich, Aas/Norway and New Brunswick/Canada, receiving his M.Sc. in Forestry and a Ph.D. on seabird ecology in 2000.

Falk carries out research projects worldwide. His focus is on questions of global sustainability, climate change, Avian Influenza (AI), biodiversity, and online databases. Besides working on oceans and on the three poles (Arctic, Antarctic and Hindu Kush-Himalaya), his data and fieldwork cover for instance Papua New Guinea, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Nepal, Russia, China, Norway, the EU, West Africa and the Caribbean.

He supervises and graduated many students in his EWHALE lab (Ecological Wildlife and Habitat Analysis of the Sea- and LandscapE), and teaches Landscape Ecology, Wildlife Techniques, Ecological Informatics, Tropical Ecology and Ornithology. Falk edited three books and authored over 100 international peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, as well as a numerous articles in magazines, blogs and newspapers. Together with his collaborators and students he also published an equal amount of digital data and ISO metadata from research information collected worldwide, promoting open access, open source code, data sharing and transparent online science-based management of natural resources.

Falk and his students were supported, in part, by the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) and by many other grants from several countries. Falk is directly involved with various publishing houses, university reviews and was a recipient of a Killam PostDoc fellowship (University of Calgary, Canada) as well as a NASA-MSU award and a Schuman Scholarship with the European Parliament in Luxemburg. He serves as a steering group member of the Global Mountain Biodiversity Assessment (GMBA; DIVERSITAS), and participated in the International Polar Year (IPY), Census of Marine Life (COML), Census of Antarctic Marine Life (CAML), with the Center for Excellence in Influenza (CEIRS, NIH/NIAD), Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) and with the Center for the Advancement of Steady State Economy (CASSE).
Dr. Jim Hurley

Manager New Product Development - PolyOne Corporation, Kennesaw, GA

Research Interests: Applied Polymer Chemistry
Universities/Research Institutions in Germany: Philipps-Universitaet Marburg
E-Mail: hurley[at]

Jim Hurley is the New Product Development Manager for Wilflex Inks, a division of PolyOne Corporation. In his research, he is focused on developing new environmentally friendly and sustainable printing inks for the specialty graphics industry. This work provides him many opportunities to deal directly with scientists at German chemical giants BASF, Lanxess, Evonik and Altana-- key suppliers of raw materials to this market. Prior to Wilflex, Dr. Hurley worked at Cookson Electronics developing electronic packaging materials and also spent eight years with BASF in both Germany and the US, focusing on engineering thermoplastics.

After completing his B.S. (SUNY Stony Brook) and M. Phil. Degree (Syracuse University), Hurley received a DAAD research fellowship from 1986-1989, which enabled him to complete his dissertation in Marburg under Prof. Ch. Elschenbroich (Promotion 1989). Since 1998, He has lived in Atlanta with his wife Dr. Annette Bretschneider and their two children. He looks forward to discussing life and study in Germany with any interested parties.
Kristopher Imbrigotta

Visiting Assistant Professor of German - University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA

Research Interests: 18th-20th century German literature and culture, Visual Culture studies, Theater and Performance, Historiography, Narratology
University/Research Institution in Germany: Universität Hamburg; Akademie der Künste / Bertolt-Brecht-Archiv, Berlin
E-Mail: kimbrigotta[at]pugetsound[dot]edu

Kristopher Imbrigotta will be defending his PhD dissertation at the University of Wisconsin-Madison this summer. His dissertation, “Framing Brecht: Photography and Experiment in the Kriegsfibel, Arbeitsjournale, and Modellbücher,” examines how Bertolt Brecht developed an innovative aesthetic that engaged in distinct ways with visual imagery—especially photographs. He received a Fulbright grant in 2003 to study exile literature at the Universität Hamburg and teach English at the Hansa-Gymnasium in Hamburg-Bergedorf. Since joining the German Department in Madison he has been active in the International Brecht Society, serving as moderator for its listserve, technical supervisor for its website, and researcher for the online bibliography of Brecht’s works in English translation (UW-Madison, Brecht-Archiv). In 2010, Kris was awarded a DAAD research grant to conduct work in Berlin at the Brecht-Archiv and the Berliner Ensemble. Kris has also served as Editorial Assistant for the journal Monatshefte. His work has appeared in Radical History Review, Brecht Yearbook, Communications of the International Brecht Society, Monatshefte, and in German Cinema: A Critical Filmography to 1945 (forthcoming 2013). For more information, please visit Kris’s website.
Margaret Jackson

Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology - The Florida State University

Research Interests: Ethnomusicology and Music History
Universities/Research Institutions in Germany: University of Cologne, Zentrum für Türkeistudien, Hanns Eisler Archive/Hanns Eisler Musikhochschule
E-Mail: jackson[at]

A singer, voice instructor, and ethnomusicologist, Margaret Jackson holds the Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology and the Doctor of Music in voice performance from Florida State University, the Master of Music and Performer’s Certificate in voice performance and literature from the Eastman School of Music, and the Bachelor of Arts in German and Philosophy from Birmingham-Southern College.

In 2007 Dr. Jackson was named an American Fellow, a distinction awarded by the American Association of University Women that financially supported her dissertation work. She is the recipient of the 2006 Florida State University Graduate Research and Creativity Award and the 2005 Dale Olsen Prize (Society for Ethnomusicology, Southeast-Caribbean Chapter) for her research. She is a former Deutsch Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) visiting scholar to the University of Cologne, Germany, where she studied of hip-hop music production among migrant and post-migrant youths in the Ruhrgebiet. Jackson is also a former Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar to Ruprecht-Karls University in Heidelberg, Germany.

In appearances with operatic, musical theater, symphonic, and chamber ensembles throughout Germany, Italy, South America, and the United States, Jackson has proved herself a versatile artist and interpreter of new music with more than forty world and U.S. premieres to her credit. She has also sought to champion not only new but neglected vocal repertoire, particularly the works of German composers Hanns Eisler and Paul Dessau.

At Florida Sate University, she teaches courses in world musics, popular music, Western music history, and applied studio voice.
Naduparambil Korah Jacob, Dr. rer. nat.

Assistant Professor, School of Art - Northern Illinois University

Research Interests: Cancer Genetics, Therapy and Prevention
University/Research Institution in Germany: Eberhard-Karls Universitaet Tuebingen
E-Mail: jacob[dot]86[at]osu[dot]edu

Dr. Jacob is currently working as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center, Columbus, Ohio. He was a recipient of DAAD- fellowship during1994-1996. He received doctoral degree from Faculty of Biology, University of Tuebingen in 1997 and continued as a postdoctoral researcher in the same Institution availing a research grant from Aventis Pharmaceuticals. He moved to the United States in 1999 to continue his research in molecular biology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and later at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. His studies led to the understanding of molecular architecture of telomeres, the DNA-protein complexes that cap and protect the chromosome ends. His research led to the understanding of the mechanisms of activation of DNA damage repair pathways following exposure to radiation and environmental insults. His findings were published in high impact journals such as EMBO Journal, Molecular Cell, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Molecular Biology of the Cell and Oncotargets and Therapy. His research group at The Ohio State University focuses on development of biomarkers for early prediction of delayed effects of radiation and strategies to overcome therapeutic resistance in high grade brain tumors. Other areas of his research interest include radioprotective and chemopreventive agents from selected natural products used in traditional Indian plant based Ayurvedic medicine. He is also engaged in teaching/mentoring students and medical residents.
Dr. Zhuo Jing-Schmidt

Visiting Assistant Professor of Linguistics - University of Oregon

Research Interests: General Linguistics, Cognitive Linguistics, Linguistic Typology
Universities/Research Institutions in Germany: Universitaet Koeln, Universitaet Muenster
E-Mail: jingschmidt[at]

Dr. Jing-Schmidt is currently visiting assistant professor of linguistics at the University of Oregon (2008-2010). She was a recipient of the DAAD annual research fellowship (1999-2000) during her graduate studies at UCLA. She continued to study in Germany after that year and received her PhD in linguistics in Cologne (Promotion 2003). She has received generous financial support from the Lise-Meitner program and the Fritz-Thyssen Foundation during her postdoc research. Dr. Jing-Schmidt has recently been awarded a three-year research grant by the DFG (German Research Foundation). If you have questions regarding graduate, postdoctoral or faculty research in linguistics and funding possibilities in Germany, please feel free to contact her.
Dr. Gregory S. Johnston

Associate Professor, Faculty of Music, University of Toronto

Research Interests: the relationship of baroque music to social contexts, ceremonial, church history, professionalism, language and rhetoric, and performance practices
University/Research Institution in Germany: Herzog August Bibliothek , Wolfenbüttel; with supplementary research in numerous other institutions throughout Germany
E-Mail: Gregory[dotjohnston[at]utoronto[dot]ca

Gregory Johnston is Associate Professor of Musicology in the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto. His most recent work, A Heinrich Schütz Reader: Letters and Documents in Translation, will be published by Oxford University Press in 2013. Heinrich Schütz (1585–1672), director of music at the electoral Saxon court in Dresden, was the most important and influential German composer of the seventeenth century, yet despite the esteem in which his music is still held today, he and the rich cultural environment in which he lived continue to be little known or understood beyond the linguistic borders of his native Germany. Drawing on original manuscript and print sources, Johnston brings the composer to life through more than 150 documents by or about the composer, from his earliest studies under Giovanni Gabrieli to accounts of his final hours. Johnston is also completing a book on music and funerary culture in seventeenth-century Protestant Germany. He is currently on the Governing Board of the Society for Seventeenth-Century Music and is Chair of the American Heinrich Schütz Society, the North American chapter of the Internationale Heinrich-Schütz Gesellschaft. His research has been supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Herzog August Bibliothek, and the DAAD. He was recently awarded a four-month fellowship by the Land Niedersachsen for research at the Herzog August Bibliothek in Wolfenbüttel in 2013, where his work will focus on the professional relationship between musicians and the court in seventeenth-century Germany.
Dr. Benjamin Marschke

Associate Professor of History, Humboldt State University, Arcata, California

Research Interests: Early modern European/German/Prussian history, historical anthropology, cultural studies, gender studies, history of religion.
University/Research Institution in Germany: Universität Erfurt; Max-Planck-Institut für Geschichte, Göttingen;
Herzog August Bibliothek,Wolfenbüttel; Franckesche Stiftungen zu Halle; Forschungsbibliothek Gotha;
Geheimes Staatsarchiv Preußischer Kulturbesitz, Berlin.
E-Mail: marschke[at]humboldt[dot]edu

Benjamin Marschke is currently an Associate Professor of History at Humboldt State University in California. He holds a Ph.D. in History from UCLA (2003), where he studied under David Warren Sabean and Geoffrey Symcox. Marschke was the recipient of a ten-month doctoral research grant from the DAAD in 1999-2000, which he used to conduct research at the Geheimes Staatsarchiv Preußischer Kulturbesitz (Berlin) and the Archiv der Franckesche Stiftungen zu Halle. While a graduate student Marschke also received the support of the Center for German and European Studies (UC Berkeley), the Universität Erfurt, and the Max-Planck-Institut für Geschichte (Göttingen). Marschke's dissertation was published as Absolutely Pietist: Patronage, Factionalism, and State-Building in the Early Eighteenth-Century Prussian Army Chaplaincy in 2005. Marschke was also the program director of the German Studies Association's 2009 conference, a co-editor of The Holy Roman Empire, Reconsidered (2010) and the author of numerous articles on the social/cultural/political history of Halle Pietism. Marschke is currently working on a cultural history of the royal court and monarchical self-representation of King Frederick William I of Prussia (1713–1740), and he has published several articles and presented many conference papers on the subject. To carry out this project Marschke has received the support of the Fritz Thyssen Stiftung; the Franckesche Stiftungen zu Halle; the Forschungsbibliothek Gotha; the Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel; the Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz; and the DAAD, in the form of Re-Invitation Fellowships. If you have questions concerning research opportunities in history or related disciplines and sources of funding, then please feel free to contact him.
Dr. Peter Martin

Director, Gerontology Program - Iowa State University

Research Interests: Human development and Family Studies, Gerontology,longevity, personality, stress, coping and mental health
University/Research Institution in Germany: Ruprecht Karls Universität Heidelberg

Peter Martin is Professor and Director of the Gerontology Program at Iowa State University. His research is concerned with psychological aspects of aging, especially among centenarians (i.e., people one hundred years and older). His work has been funded by the National Institute on Aging, the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Science Foundation, the Marchionne Foundation, and the European Science Foundation. Peter was a DAAD exchange student from Germany when he attended the Pennsylvania State University in 1982/83. As a faculty member at Iowa State University, he was the recipient of a DAAD scholarship in 1995 to conduct research at the University of Heidelberg. He conducted studies on centenarians in Heidelberg and gave a number of guest lectures. His research at the Gerontology Institute in Heidelberg led to his position as director of the German Center for Research on Ageing at the University of Heidelberg. Peter directed the center from 1998 to 2000 and then returned to Iowa State University. For questions about gerontology or psychology research at German universities, feel free to contact Peter at Iowa State University.
Dr. Dale Medearis

Senior Environmental Planner, Northern Virginia Regional Commission

Research Interests: energy, environment, urban planning, design and architecture
University/Research Institution in Germany: FU Berlin, Ecologic
E-Mail: d.medearis[at]Comcast[dot]net

Dale Medearis is a senior environmental planner for the Northern Virginia Regional Commission. In that capacity, he co-leads the NVRC’s regional climate mitigation and energy programs and manages NVRC’s international environmental partnerships – among the few problem-focused, goal-oriented and geographically-specific transfer of lessons from abroad to the US. He helped co-launch the first formal climate and energy partnership between the 40 largest U.S. and European metropolitan regional councils, co-initiate the Transatlantic Climate Bridge, co-launch the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s “Cities and Climate” Network and co-develop the Transatlantic Urban Climate Dialogue with the Freie Universitaet of Berlin (Germany). Prior to working for NVRC, Medearis spent approximately 20 years at the Office of International Affairs, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, as the program manager for western Europe and urban environmental programs. In that capacity, he worked to identify, analyze and apply “green” building, brownfields, smart growth, energy, climate and related urban environmental policies from OECD member countries to the United States. As Program Manager for Western Europe, he coordinated EPA’s science and technology agreements with the EU and Western Europe. Medearis also served as the program manager for the U.S. National Park Service’s Potomac American Heritage River Initiative. He has been the Vice-chair of the OECD Territorial Development Committee and Chairman of the OECD Working Group on Urban Affairs. Medearis has been awarded fellowships to study urban and environmental planning in Europe from the Alexander Von Humboldt Foundation, the Fulbright Commission, the European Union, and the American Council on Germany. Medearis has taught courses on environmental policy and planning courses as an adjunct faculty at the University of Redlands, Virginia Tech University and the Johns Hopkins University. Medearis has a Ph.D. in environmental design and planning from Virginia Tech University, an M.S. in Cartographic and Geographic Science from George Mason University, an MGA in Government from the University of Pennsylvania, and a BA in International Relations from the University of Redlands.
Carsten Mehring

Lead Project Engineer, Adjunct Professor

Research Interests: Computational Fluid Dynamics
University/Research Institution in Germany: TU Stuttgart
E-Mail: cmehring[at]mit[dot]edu

Carsten Mehring is Technology Team Leader for Computational Fluid Dynamics and Heat Transfer at Parker Aerospace in Irvine, CA. He is also Lecturer (to be updated by “Adjunct Professor” in a few months) within the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of California in Irvine where he teaches courses in Fluid Dynamics and Thermodynamics. In his spare time, Carsten actively participates in the Senior Design Course Work at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, CO.

Carsten is a native of Germany where he received his Master Degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the Technical University Stuttgart in 1993. Funded by a three year doctoral scholarship from the DAAD (HSPII/ AUFE), he came to the U.S. in 1994 and completed his Ph.D. studies in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at UC Irvine in 1999 after first obtaining his Master Degree in Mechanical Engineering in the same department in 1995.

After completing his degrees, Carsten decided to stay in the U.S and continued at UC Irvine as a post-doctoral scholar and researcher until 2004. Subsequently, he spent 5 years at Hamilton Sundstrand Power Systems (now UTC Aerospace Systems) interrupted by a two year employment at the Colorado School of Mines as Tenure-Track Assistant Professor. In 2011 Carsten completed a Certificate Program at MIT in Systems Design and Management, he is with Parker Aerospace since 2011. Carsten has maintained active relationships with academic colleagues at several universities in Germany and France, specifically in his field of expertise, i.e., Liquid Atomization and Spray Systems. Carsten holds several patents; some of his inventions have gained public attention in the printed media and on TV, including appearances on CNN Headline News, American Inventor, Tech TV, Welt der Wunder in Germany and BBC Canada.
Dr. Pierre Mertiny

Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering - University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada

Research Interests: Polymer composite materials, composite pressure vessels and piping, nanocomposites, composite energy storage flywheel rotors
University/Research Institution in Germany: Universität Hannover
E-Mail: pmertiny[at]ualberta[dot]ca

Pierre Mertiny is currently an Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Alberta, where he is the co-director of the Advanced Composite Materials Engineering Group. His research is concerned with polymer composite structures with applications in the energy industry. He has published extensively on this subject matter in several scientific journals and proceedings of national and international conferences. He also co-authored one book chapter on polymer composite energy storage flywheel rotors, which is currently in press. His research has received support from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), the Canadian Foundation for Innovation, and industrial sponsors such as Syncrude Canada and RoPlast GmbH. Besides supervising graduate students on the Ph.D. and M.Sc. level, Pierre regularly offers international students the opportunity for a research term. Over the last six years, he has supervised 10 graduate students and 10 undergraduate students, and hosted 14 international students from the Universität Hannover, universities in Saxony and the Université de Bretagne Occidentale, France. Since 2009 he is the liaison and fund raiser for stipends that facilitate the participation of Canadian students in the Summer School Program on Renewable Energy Technology at the Technical University of Freiberg.

Pierre received a Dipl.-Ing. in Mechanical Engineering from the Universität Hannover in 1999. Previous awards and recognition include the Student and Doctoral Scholarship by Daimler-Benz Aerospace Airbus GmbH / Airbus Germany (1996 – 2004), a Dissertation Fellowship at the University of Alberta (2003), NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship (2005), and the SAE International Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award (2012). He is a member of the Verein Deutscher Ingenieure (VDI) and American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). In connection with ASME, he is also the membership chair and a conference organizer for the Pressure Vessel and Piping Division. Pierre is currently on a 12-month sabbatical stay at the Technische Universität München.
Dr. David Mirhady

Professor and Chair, Humanities Department - Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada 

Research Interests: Ancient Greek Law, Ancient Rhetorical Theory, the School of Aristotle
University/Research Institution in Germany: Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen

E-Mail: dmirhady[at]sfu[dot]ca

David Mirhady currently chairs the Humanities Department at Simon Fraser University, which means that he also has responsibility as Chair for the university’s Language Training Institute, whose languages include German. His most recent research projects have included a translation of the Rhetoric to Alexander for the Loeb Classical Library, which was largely completed during a month’s stay in 2010 at the Seminar für allgemeine Rhetorik in Tübingen, and conference papers on the Peripatetic philosopher Phainias at the Universität Trier and on Aristotelian rhetoric and poetics at the International Society for the History of Rhetoric in Bologna, both in 2011. He also hosts a web site on ancient Greek law at 
 David was the recipient of a ten-month doctoral research grant from the DAAD in 1988-89. During his stay in Göttingen, he primarily conducted research at the Seminar für Klassische Philologie on rhetorical approaches to evidentiary argumentation in classical Athenian law. The resulting publications have steered his further research for more than twenty years. In June 2010 he gave his first guest lecture in German at Heidelberg. If you have questions concerning research opportunities in classics or related disciplines and sources of funding please feel free to contact him.
Prof. Dr. Amos Nascimento

Associate Professor of Philosophy Assistant Director, Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences at the University of Washington, Tacoma

Research Interests: Philosophy, Cosmopolitanism, Environmental Ethics
University/Research Institution in Germany: University of Frankfurt a.M., Marburg University, Fraunhofer Institut IGB/Stuttgart
E-Mail: anascim[at]u[dot]washington[dot]edu

Amos Nascimento is affiliated with the programs on Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, Germanics, and International Studies at the University of Washington in Tacoma and Seattle, where he teaches philosophy. He studied at the Marburg University and the University of Frankfurt between 1992 and 1997 with the support of the DAAD and CNPq. He received his doctorate from the University of Frankfurt and taught at the University of Frankfurt (Germany), the Universidade Metodista de Piracicaba (Brazil), and the University of Washington (US).

His studies, research, and teaching have focused on the 18th Enlightenment, contemporary Critical Theory of the Frankfurt School, the philosophy of Jürgen Habermas and Karl-Otto Apel, and contemporary German culture and aesthetics. Nascimento is the author of the monographs Im Zwielicht der Aufklärung (2009) and Cosmopolitanism under construction (in preparation) and editor of Grenzen der Moderne (1997), A matter of discourse (1998), Brasil: Perspectivas Internacionais (2001), and Human Rights, Human Dignity, and Cosmopolitan Ideals (2012). His current research interests focus on themes such as cosmopolitanism, human rights, environmental ethics, and environmental ontology.
John Nicols

Professor Emeritus of History and of Classics, University of Oregon

Research Interests: History and Classical Literature and Archaeology, Roman Law, History of Science
University/Research Institution in Germany: Universität Freiburg (1970-75); LMU Munich (1977-78, 79, 2010); German Archaeological Institute, Madrid (1976, 1977, 1978); Universität Köln (1985-6); Universität Heidelberg (1988-9, 1992); Universität Münster (1998-9, 2003-5, 2010); Universität Tübingen (2012 and 2013)
E-Mail: nic[at]uoregon[dot]edu

Professor Nicols is currently (Sommer Semester, 2012) a Humboldt Fellow at the Universität Tübingen and will be Gast Professor and teaching (in German) there in the Sommer Semester, 2013. His research has focused on the way in which asymmetrical relationships (patronage, clientele) facilitated cultural and social coherence in the Roman Empire and in modern Europe. His work as an historian crosses the disciplines of archaeology and epigraphy, Roman law, history of science and historical cartography. He is currently completing a book on Roman Hospitium [Gastfreundschaft] and how it served to promote Romanization. He has also published on how the Roman model for cultural integration instructs the formation of the European Community. A DAAD dissertation fellowship in 1970 led to an appointment as Wissenschaftlicher Assistent in Freiburg (1973-75). Awards from the AmPhilSociety, from the NEH, the Fulbright Commission and the von Humboldt Foundation have supported his work in Germany and in German research institutes over the years. Nicols continues to publish in English and in German and has lectured at most German universities. He is particularly pleased that he is able to bring closure to his professional career with academic appointments in Tübingen in 2012 and 2013. Please feel free to contract him on questions concerning the study of history, of law, of classical philology, epigraphy, history of science and historical cartography.
Dr. Harry Roddy, Jr.

Associate Professor, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures - University of South Alabama

Research Interests: Twentieth Century German Literature
Universities/Research Institutions in Germany: FU Berlin
E-Mail: roddy[at]

Harry Roddy, Jr. is Associate Professor of German at the University of South Alabama in Mobile. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in 2004 with a doctoral thesis
on the poetry of Rolf Dieter Brinkmann, Nicolas Born and Jürgen Theobaldy. He was supported in his doctoral research by a DAAD Full Grant in 1998-99, which time he spent at the Freie Universität Berlin.

His current research interests revolve around Brinkmann and novelist Hans Henny Jahnn. He resides in Mobile with his wife, Lisa, and two daughters, Marina and Greta.
Dr. Petra Rohrbach

Assistant Professor, Institute of Parasitology, McGill University

Research Interests: Infectious diseases, cell biology, live cell imaging
University/Research Institution in Germany: Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg
E-Mail: petra.rohrbach[at]mcgill[dot]ca

Petra Rohrbach was born in Montreal, Canada, where she grew up and completed an undergraduate degree at McGill University. She moved to Germany to continue her studies in biology at the University of Heidelberg. Her work on phage display and recombinant antibody technology at the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) in Heidelberg earned her a PhD degree. Petra went on to do postdoctoral work at the Department of Infectious Diseases, which is part of the Medical School/Medical Faculty of the University of Heidelberg. There she was introduced into the world of parasitic diseases. In January 2008, she obtained her venia legendi (Habilitation) in cell biology from the University of Heidelberg. At the end of 2008, she returned to Montreal after accepting the position of Assistant Professor at the Institute of Parasitology, McGill University. Her current research uses live cell imaging to understand various aspects of development and resistance mechanisms of the human malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum.
Dr. Ayguen Sahin

Instructor in Neurosurgery - Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital

Research Interests: Cancer Research, Gene and Cellular Therapy
Universities/Research Institutions in Germany: Universitaet Bonn, Ruhr-Universitaet Bochum
E-Mail: sahin[at]

Ayguen Sahin, Ph.D., is a faculty member of Harvard Medical School. She was born and grew up in Frankfurt/M. She moved to Istanbul, Turkey with her family and received her B.S. in Biology and M.S. with honors in Applied Biology in Hacettepe University, Ankara, where she was also appointed as a Research and Teaching Instructor. She decided to go back to her motherland, where she received her Ph.D. degree with honors in Genetics at University of Bonn, Department of Molecular Pathology. She conducted part of her doctoral work in Institute Pasteur, Lille, France. As a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Bochum, she built and run the Neuro-Oncology laboratory before she accepted a postdoctoral position at MGH-HMS Center for Nervous System Disease at the Carter Laboratory in 2006.

Since her Ph.D., her research has been focusing on molecular and cellular mechanisms of brain cancer and discovering novel genetic and cellular therapy approaches for this deadly disease, in hope to taking these experimental therapies into patients. In 2008, her work on Adoptive Immunotherapy for Glioblastoma was awarded with a two-year Research Fellowship Award from the American Brain Tumor Association (ABTA). She received a number of awards and honors during her academic career and served as an active board member in many committees. Her multicultural lifestyle and international academic and research experience broaden her perspective in many aspects, and she encourages international students and scientists to consider conducting research abroad.
Dr. Richard Schaefer

Assistant Professor of History - State University of New York, College at Plattsburgh

Research Interests:Modern European Intellectual History
Universities/Research Institutions in Germany: Johann-Wolfgang Goethe Universität in Frankfurt
E-Mail: schaefer[at]

Richard Schaefer is assistant professor of history at the State University of New York, College at Plattsburgh. Trained in modern European intellectual history, Schaefer received the Ph.D. from Cornell University in 2005.
His current research focuses on the role of European scholars in the Catholic revival movement in the nineteenth century, and he is currently at work on a manuscript titled Catholic Science: Culture and Confession in German-Speaking Europe, 1815-65.
Dr. Schaefer was a recipient of a DAAD award in 1999-2000 to complete dissertation research at the Johann-Wolfgang Goethe Universität in Frankfurt (and celebrate the millennium in Köln!). He also spent his junior year abroad at the university in Mannheim.
Dr. Sami Khuri

Professor of Computer Science - San Jose State University

Research Interests: Bioinformatics, Design and Analysis of Algorithms
Universities/Research Institutions in Germany: Universitaet Dortmund (1994-95), Technische Universitaet Muenchen (1999-2000)
E-Mail: khuri[at]

Sami Khuri holds a PhD. in Computer Science from Syracuse University, NY, USA. He is a Professor of Computer Science at San Jose State University, where he mainly teaches bioinformatics. His main research interests lie in the development of probabilistic algorithms, such as Hidden Markov Models and Genetic Algorithms, for detecting patterns in DNA, RNA, and protein sequences. He is the recipient of several awards, including the Fulbright, the Dana Research, NSF, NIH, and two DAAD. As a DAAD scholar, he spent 1994-1995 in the Computer Science Department of Dortmund University where he taught and conducted research in Evolutionary Algorithms and Coding Theory. His second stay as a DAAD recipient, in 1999-2000, was in the Lehrstuhl fuer Efficiente Algorithmen at the Technical University of Munich where he taught and conducted research in the analysis of algorithms and in data compression. He is also very interested in computer science education.

His international experience includes visiting positions at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Heidelberg, Dortmund University and the Technical University of Munich in Germany, universities in Finland, Spain, Switzerland, Bulgaria, and Lebanon. Being a strong proponent of international and intercultural exchanges, he was honored and pleased to be chosen as a DAAD Research Ambassador and looks forward to be in touch with students and faculty who are thinking of studying/teaching/researching in Germany. To learn more about his professional interests, please visit:
Dr. Hoi-eun Kim

Assistant Professor, Department of History, Texas A&M University

Research Interests: modern German history; German-Japanese relations; German-Korean relations; history of medicine; and history of pharmaceuticals
University/Research Institution in Germany: Institut fuer Geschichte und Ethik der Medizin, Universitaet Heidelberg
E-Mail: hekim[at]tamu[dot]edu

Trained both in modern German and Japanese history at Harvard University (Ph.D. 2006), Hoi-eun Kim has engaged himself with the topic of German interaction with Asia in the second half of the nineteenth-century. His first book-length project, “Doctors of Empires,” questions the nature of the Japanese modern transformation by looking at the medical and cultural encounters between Germany and Japan during the Meiji period era (1868-1912). Kim further explored the Japanese and German connection in his DAAD supported project, “Inscribing Racial Boundaries: German Medical Anthropology and the Making of Races in Japan’s Colonial Empire.” Currently Kim is interested in the social and cultural history of pharmaceutical products of modern era such as Aspirin. Kim’s research has been supported by, to name a few, the Krupp Foundation, DAAD, and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), and he welcomes questions as to researches on history of medicine, history of pharmaceuticals, and Asian-German Studies.
Brian P. Kiniry

Senior Lecturer in Philosophy – Suffolk University (Boston)

Research Interests: Gottfried Leibniz; Early Modern Philosophy
University/Research Institution in Germany: Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster
E-Mail: bkiniry[at]suffolk[dot]edu

Brian Kiniry is currently Senior Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy at Suffolk University, where he has taught since he returned from Germany in 2004. He will be completing a PhD in Philosophy this year at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. His dissertation, entitled “Leibniz’s Essentialism” examines the role the philosophical concepts of identity and necessity play in Leibniz’s philosophy. In particular, the dissertation critically examines a number of competing interpretations of Leibniz’s views on how entities in worlds are properly individuated. Brian was awarded a ten-month doctoral research grant from the DAAD to conduct dissertation research at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster during the 2003 – 2004 academic year. During his stay in Münster, he was associated with the Leibniz-Forschungsstelle, where he conducted his primary research. In addition, he did research at the Leibniz-Archiv (Hannover) and the Herzog-August-Bibliothek (Wolfenbüttel).
Elizabeth Harrington Lambert

Doctoral Candidate, Department of History, Indiana University

Research Interests: public history and memory, architectural history, landscape and geography, travel and tourism studies, cultural diplomacy, art and music in German culture, German-American relations
University/Research Institution in Germany: Freie Universität Berlin, Bauhaus Universität Weimar, Philipps Universität Marburg, Friedrich Schiller Universität Jena, Universität Leipzig, Universität Potsdam
E-Mail: ehlamber[at]Indiana[dot]edu

Elizabeth Harrington Lambert is a doctoral candidate in Modern European and Public History at Indiana University. Her dissertation, Between Bauhaus and Buchenwald: Contested Memory in Postwar Weimar explores historical, social and cultural representations of Weimar and Buchenwald. Focusing on the physical commemorative topography and architectural landscapes of Weimar, it explores the impact of regime change on commemoration of the Third Reich and East German past in the city Anna Seghers termed the “best and worst in German history.” To date, her research has received the support of the German-American Fulbright Commission, American Historical Association, US Holocaust Memorial Museum, Holocaust Educational Foundation, Stiftung Erinnerung Verantwortung Zukunft, Doris G. Quinn Foundation, Spencer Foundation, the US Department of Education’s Foreign Language Area Studies Award (for German) and the Huguenot Society of America. Her article, “Contested Memory: East German Representations of Weimarer Klassik and Gedenkstätte Buchenwald” appeared in Justice, Politics, and Memory in Europe after the Second World War in 2011. Her broader research interests include transnational memory and public history, particularly in the post-WWII and post-Wende eras.

Elizabeth was the recipient of a DAAD doctoral research grant from 2008-10 and a Fulbright Scholar in the Institute of European Urban Studies at Bauhaus Universität Weimar during 2007-2008. During her graduate studies in Germany she worked among the collections of the Bundesarchiv (Berlin), BStU, Historisches Archiv zum Tourismus, Goethe-und-Schiller Archiv, Herzogin Anna Amalia Bibliothek and regional and private libraries and archives in Thüringen, Sachsen, Brandenburg and Berlin. While in Germany she also served as a lecturer and tutor in History, English and American Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin and Universität Potsdam, and delivered lectures in German-American relations and transnational history at the Universität Leipzig, Technische Universität Dresden, Universität Rostock and at primary and secondary schools in Thüringen, Sachsen, Sachsen-Anhalt and Brandenburg for the American Consulate’s Meet US program (in English and German). Her post-doctoral research plans explore trans-Atlantic public memory through the lenses of cultural diplomacy and tourism. If you have questions concerning research opportunities in history, cultural studies, international relations or related disciplines and sources of funding please feel free to contact her.
Dr. Mary Lindemann

Professor and Chair, Department of History - University of Miami

Research Interests: German social, cultural, and medical history; early modern; literature and history
University/Research Institution in Germany: Universitӓt Hamburg (Arbeitsstelle für Hamburgische Geschichte); Herzog August Bibliothek (Wolfenbüttel)
E-Mail: mlindemann[at]miami[dot]edu

Mary Lindemann is currently Professor and Chair, Department of History, University of Miami. Her current work in progress is a book-length manuscript on “The Merchant Republics: Amsterdam, Antwerp, and Hamburg, 1648-1790,” that examines the political culture, identities, and business practices of elites in these three cities in a comparative perspective. She is also the author of four books on German history and medical history: Patriots and Paupers: Hamburg, 1712-1830 (Oxford University Press, 1990); Health and Healing in Eighteenth-Century Germany (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996); Medicine and Society in Early Modern Europe (Cambridge University Press, 1999; 2nd. rev. ed., 2010); and Liaisons dangereuses: Sex, Law, and Diplomacy in the Age of Frederick the Great (The Johns Hopkins University Press). Her most recent research involves an exploration of the interaction of true-crime stories, fiction, and history in eighteenth-century Germany and an exploration of guardianship (Vormundschaft) in early modern Germany. Lindemann has received numerous grants and fellowships to support her research over the years, including a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, a Fulbright Regional Research Fellowship, a National Library of Medicine Fellowship, and has been a resident Fellow at the Shelby Cullom Davis Center, Princeton University, the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study (Wassenaar), and the Flemish Academy for Advanced Study (Brussels). She is on the editorial board of Central European History, on the Advisory Editorial Board of the Bulletin of the History of Medicine, and on the editorial board of Studies in Central European Histories (Brill Publishers). In addition, she currently serves on the Executive Board of the German Studies Association. She has received two DAAD Study Grants (1983 and 1996) and has done extensive research in numerous libraries and archives in Germany. If you have questions regarding research opportunities in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century cultural and social history, or in the history of medicine, or about available sources of funding, please feel free to contact her.
Dr. Annette Scharf

Postdoctoral Scholar - Josh Elias Lab, Stanford University

Research Interests: Chemical and systems biology, school of medicine
University/Research Institution in Germany: Ludwig-Maximilian University Munich
E-Mail: ascharf[at]stanford[dot]edu

Annette Scharf received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich in Germany. During her PhD she studied the dynamics of histone modifications using mass spectrometry and was awarded a Boehringer Ingelheim PhD fellowship. Fascinated by protein dynamics, she joined the Elias lab at Stanford University to pursue her postdoctoral studies. Her current research includes elucidating how perturbed protein degradation might affect autoimmune diseases by means of mass spectrometry. Her postdoctoral studies were supported by a School of Medicine Dean’s fellowship and a two year DFG research fellowship.
Dr. Joerg Schlatterer

Assistant Dean of Faculty Professional Development – Columbia University Medical Center, New York City

Academic Interests: Professional Development
Research Interests: Biochemical Catalysis, Nucleic Acids
University/Research Institution in Germany: Freie Universitaet Berlin (1999), Universitaet Heidelberg (PhD 2003)
E-Mail: schlatterer[at]

Joerg Schlatterer is the Assistant Dean of Faculty Professional Development at Columbia University Medical Center. Dr. Schlatterer is a scientist with a deep understanding of biomedical career progression and passion for strategic career management. Dr. Schlatterer is a native German. He studied chemistry in Berlin and received his PhD in Heidelberg. In 2004, he moved to the US and worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory in Florida before he accepted a position as research associate at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 2006. In 2009, Dr. Schlatterer became a faculty member in the department of biochemistry at Einstein. He published more than 14 peer-reviewed research articles and holds two patents in the field of nucleic acid biochemistry and biophysics. In 2013, Dr. Schlatterer accepted the offer to work as Assistant Dean of Faculty Professional Development at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City.

Dr. Raphael Schneider

Resident – University of Toronto - Neurology

Research Interests: Multiple Sclerosis and Neuroimmunology
Universities/Research Institutions in Germany: Universität Freiburg
E-Mail: schneider[at]

Raphael Schneider is a resident at the University of Toronto. He recently completed his fellowship "The impact of interleukin-15 and interleukin-27 on CD8 T cell cytotoxicity in the context of Multiple Sclerosis” at the University of Montreal. The project reflects his interests in the immunological mechanism underlying the pathology of Multiple Sclerosis. Raphael is a native German. He went to medical school in Freiburg and did a research thesis in the field of Neuroimmunology under Prof. Sebastian Rauer. The DAAD awarded him a two-year postdoctoral fellowship (2008-2009) to conduct research in Montréal under Ass. Prof. Nathalie Arbour.

Raphael strongly believes that the DAAD offers many unique opportunities for students and faculty to learn and work at universities and research institutions across Germany. He is looking forward to discussing life, study and science with students and faculty who consider a stay in Germany.

Elizabeth Schreiber-Byers

PhD candidate in German Literature – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Research Interests: Nineteenth Century German Literature and Culture
Universities/Research Institutions in Germany: Universität Tübingen
E-Mail: schreiberbyers[at]

Elizabeth Schreiber-Byers is a teaching assistant and doctoral candidate in the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Currently, Elizabeth is completing her dissertation tentatively titled "Power Play: Beyond the Erotics of Masochism in German Literature and Philosophy During the Long 19th Century," which explores the issues of consensual power at the heart of masochism and how they are depicted in politics, religion, and education in nineteenth-century literature and philosophy. With support from the Baden-Württemberg Stiftung, Elizabeth spent the 2009-2010 academic year at the Universität Tübingen building a research relationship with the faculty in the German faculty. She has worked at the Deutsches Literaturarchiv in Marbach as well as several libraries in support of her project. Please feel free to contact her with any questions you may have about building relationships with German academics and conducting research in literary archives and special collections.
Dr. Nico Schüler

Professor of Music Theory and Musicology - School of Music, Texas State University

Research Interests: interdisciplinary aspects of modern music, methods and methodology of music research, computer applications in music, music theory pedagogy, world music
Universities/Research Institutions in Germany: E.-M. Arndt Universität Greifswald; Hochschule für Musik und Theater Rostock; Deutscher Tonkünstler-Verband Berlin; Humboldt Universität
E-Mail: schueler[at]

Dr. Nico Schüler grew up in Germany and studied at Ernst-Moritz-Arndt University in Greifswald and at Michigan State University. He is Professor of Music Theory and Musicology as well as Coordinator of Music Theory and Aural Skills at Texas State University in San Marcos. He was an invited speaker at national and international conferences and workshops in Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Poland, Sweden, England, The Netherlands, Lithuania, Switzerland, Slovenia, Serbia, Peru, South Korea, Japan, and throughout the United States and Canada. In 2006-2007, he was honored as “Distinguished International Scholar” by the Slovenian Government and the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. Dr. Schüler is the editor of the research book series Methodology of Music Research (New York: Peter Lang), the editor of the peer-reviewed journal South Central Music Bulletin, the author and / or editor of 20 books, and the author of more than 100 articles. At Texas State University, Dr. Schüler was the Coordinator of Music Theory (2001-2006 and since 2012), Director of Graduate Studies in Music (2006-2008), Presidential Fellow (2008-2009), Co-Chair of the QEP Team (2007-2010), and Co-Chair of the Common Experience (2006-2011).
Dr. Adam R. Seipp

Assistant Professor, Department of History – Texas A&M University

Research Interests: Modern German History
Universities/Research Institutions in Germany: Julius Maximilians Universitaet Wuerzburg
E-Mail: seipp[at]

Adam R. Seipp is an Assistant Professor of History at Texas A&M University. He earned his PhD in 2005 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Seipp is the author of The Ordeal of Peace: Demobilization and the Urban Experience in Britain and Germany, 1917-21. Currently, he is working on a book about refugees and refugee management in American-occupied Germany after the Second World War. Seipp is also the author of a number of articles and book chapters on American base policy, refugees, West German rearmament, and the legacy of the First World War.

Dr. Seipp has held competitive research funding from, among others, the Fulbright Program, DAAD, German Historical Institute - Washington, German Marshall Fund, and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Dr. Simone Seym

Goethe-Institut - Washington, D.C.

Research Interests: German and European Cultural Studies, Sustainable Film and Performing Arts
Universities/Research Institutions in Germany: University of Karlsruhe; University of Mannheim
E-Mail: seym[at]

Simone Seym’s most recent research is about Sustainability & the Arts. The goal of her research is to explain the imagery that goes along with sustainability on the cognitive level.

Dr. Seym is a native German. She studied German Literature, Philosophy, and Medieval Arts in Karlsruhe (PhD) and received her D.E.A. in Performing- and Cinematic Arts at the Sorbonne in Paris. Following her appointment as DAAD Lecturer in Japan, where Dr. Seym lectured at the International Institute for Advanced Studies, IIAS, in Kyoto, she taught and pursued postdoctoral research at the University in Mannheim with a DAAD-grant. In 2000-01 Dr. Seym was an Associate Scholar with the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the GACVS in Washington, and then worked with a TLTSI-Grant at Georgetown University’s Communication, Culture & Technology Department.

Her expertise is in German and European Cultural Studies, especially German and European literature, film, and theatre, and Ariane Mnouchkine and the Théâtre du Soleil. She is trained in the new media, and the author of two books, about Ariane Mnouchkine and a textbook for German Studies.
Dr. Conrad Siegers

Postdoctoral Fellow in Chemistry - University of Toronto

Research Interests: Polymer Chemistry, Materials Science, Molecular Photovoltaics
Universities/Research Institutions in Germany: Universitaet Freiburg, Freiburg Materials Research Center
E-Mail: csiegers[at]

Conrad Siegers grew up in Aachen, and completed his university education at the University of Freiburg, Germany. While pursuing his Chemistry degree (Diplom Chemiker) he also spent one year at Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada, as a participant in the Ontario-Baden-Wuerttemberg Exchange Program. For his Masters thesis, Conrad joined the Freiburg Materials Research Center (FMF) and Institute for Polymer Chemistry at the University of Freiburg. During his PhD, he investigated novel dyes for solar energy conversion in close collaboration with colleagues at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems, Freiburg. After completing his PhD degree in 2007, Conrad became a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Chemistry, University of Toronto, ON, Canada under guidance of Prof. Mitchell A. Winnik. From September 2008 to December 2009 he was funded by Saudi-Arabia’s King Abdullah University for Science and Technology. Since January 2010, Conrad has been working as a Senior Research Scientist at Global R&D - Business Unit Butyl Rubber at LANXESS Inc. in London, Ontario. Conrad is committed to fostering intercultural exchange. Taking part in the DAAD’s Research Ambassador program is a logical continuation of his past participation in the Freiburg chapter of the International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience (IAESTE). Conrad is happy to answer your questions with respect to doing research in Germany (notably in the areas of chemistry and the materials sciences).

Dr. Gabrielle Siegers

The Robarts Research Institute - London, Ontario, Canada

Research Interests: Cell therapy, Immunotherapy
Universities/Research Institutions in Germany: Universitaet Freiburg, Max Planck Institute for Immunobiology
E-Mail: gsiegers[at]

Gabrielle Siegers was born in North York, ON and grew up in Bracebridge, Muskoka, Canada. While pursuing an undergraduate degree at the University of Guelph, she studied for one year in Tübingen, Germany, through the Ontario-Badenwürttemberg (OBW) Exchange Program. She graduated in 1997 with an Honours Bachelor of Science with two majors: Biochemistry and German Studies. During her MA studies at Queen’s University, she spent a year in Berlin with the Pädagogischer Austauschdienst, working as a teaching assistant at a Gymnasium and doing research for her Master’s Thesis in German Studies, entitled “The Emancipation of Women in the GDR as Portrayed in Helga Schubert’s Lauter Leben”. She returned to Germany and the Natural Sciences, earning a PhD from the University of Freiburg in Molecular Immunology in February 2007. Her doctoral work was completed at the Max-Planck-Institute for Immunobiology, Freiburg, in the laboratories of Dr. Wolfgang Schamel and Prof. Michael Reth. Her dissertation was entitled “Structural Organization of B and T Cell Antigen Receptors”. Gabrielle returned to Canada and worked as a postdoctoral fellow in the Cell Therapy Program at the Princess Margaret Hospital/Ontario Cancer Institute under the supervision of Dr. Armand Keating. There, she established a pre-clinical xenograft Ph+ leukemia model to test human gamma delta T cell (GDTc) therapy. She is currently studying GDTc in the context of breast cancer as a postdoctoral fellow with Dr. Lynne-Marie Postovit in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology at Western University in London, Ontario.
Dr. David Luther Smith

Assistant Professor, Department of foreign Languages and Literatures – East Carolina University

Research Interests: German Literary and Cultural Studies
Universities/Research Institutions in Germany: Forschungsbibliothek Gotha;Universitaet Leipzig; Universität Mannheim
E-Mail: smith[at]

David Luther Smith is Assistant Professor of German at East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C. His research examines the intersections of belief, media and language theory in German texts of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Originally from South Carolina, he has received grants from Fulbright and DAAD to study and conduct research at the Universität Leipzig, the Universität Mannheim, and at the Forschungsbibliothek Gotha. He is currently working on a book manuscript on early German Enlightenment commemorations of Gutenberg’s printing press. For more information, please visit him at
Dr. Glenn Stanley

Professor of Music, University of Connecticut, Storrs

Research Interests: Beethoven, Wagner, German music and musical life 18th-21 centuries, historiography, reception historyt
University/Research Institution in Germany: FU Berlin, Humboldt University of Berlin
E-Mail: glenn[dot]stanley[at]uconn[dot]edu

Glenn Stanley is Professor of Music at the University of Connecticut. He has published extensively in English and in German on Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Wagner, music historiography and criticism, music and politics. He is currently working on a book on Beethoven’s opera Fidelio, focusing on the reception and performance history. In 2010-2011 he was a visiting professor at the Free University; in 1997 he was a Fulbright visiting professor at the Humboldt University. He has received several DAAD and IREX research awards. He has conducted research at numerous libraries and archives in Germany: among them are the Beethoven archive, Bonn, the municipal archives in Berlin, the theater museum and archives of Universities of Cologne and Bayreuth, and the State Libraries in Berlin and Munich. He would welcome questions concerning research and study opportunities in music history in Germany.
Dr. Jueyi Sui

Full-Professor, Director, Environmental Engineering Program, University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC), Canada

Research Interests: River ice hydraulics, sediment transport, hydrology and watershed modeling
University/Research Institution in Germany: (Technische) Universitaet Kaiserslautern
E-Mail: sui[at]unbc[dot]ca

From 1993 to 1998, as a DAAD scholarship-holder, Jueyi pursued his Dr.-Ing. at TU-Kaiserslautern. Afterward, as an NSERC-PDF, Jueyi did research work at the University of Toronto. Then, Jueyi practiced as a hydrotechnical engineer in industry. In July 2003, Jueyi joined UNBC as an assistant professor, and promoted as an associate professor with tenure in 2007. In July 2012, Jueyi has been promoted as a full-professor. Jueyi has expertise in the field of sediment transport, river ice hydraulics, hydrology and watershed studies. His 48 academic papers have been published in peer-reviewed journals. He has attracted over $400,000 research grants in the past 5 years. In 2011, Jueyi received UNBC Research Excellence Award (one of 4 recipients). Currently, Jueyi supervises 3 PhD students. Jueyi also served as a reviewer of 17 international journals, and has reviewed 83 papers for these journals. Starting 2011, Jueyi serves as the associate editor of the International Journal of Sediment Research. In 2009, as the recipient of DAAD Faculty Research Fellowship, Jueyi has done 2 months research work at TU-Kaiserslautern. Last month, Jueyi visited TU-Kaiserslautern, and presented his paper at the 10th International Conference of Hydroinformatics in Hamburg. If you have questions concerning research opportunities in water resources engineering, or related disciplines and sources of funding please feel free to contact him.
Dr. Lydia Tesfa

Research Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology - Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Yeshiva University, NY

Research Interests: Immunology, Flow Cytometry
Universities/Research Institutions in Germany: Humboldt University
E-Mail: tesfa[at]

Dr. Lydia Tesfa is a PhD immunologist with 10 years’ experience in biomedical research and have been at the forefront of biomedical research and have made pioneering contributions to a number of critically important areas in health science, including tuberculosis, human papillomavirus, a known cause of cervical cancer. Dr. Tesfa’s groundbreaking work using the technique of flow cytometry has garnered her both national and international recognition, and she is acknowledged expert in the application of this method to a variety of biomedical research areas. Dr.Tesfa worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. In the world-renowned laboratory of Dr. William R. Jacobs where she pursued research in multiple projects involving the design of prophylactic as well as therapeutic vaccines against HIV, tuberculosis and Human papillomavirus. She developed recombinant mycobacterial vectors for T cell priming against cervical cancer – which is one of the leading causes of cancer death among women in the United States. Dr. Tesfa pursued DAAD-sponsored PhD training in laboratory of Prof. Hans-Dieter Volk at the Charite Medical Institute of Immunology, Humboldt University Berlin Germany. In 2004 Dr. received a prestigious award for her PhD thesis from the German Society of Flow Cytometry. Her research utilized the highly specialized technique of flow cytometry for the investigation of tuberculosis specific T cells and because of her methods she has been able to broaden the scope of research that can use this important method. Currently Dr. Tesfa is a Research Assistant Professor at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
Dr. Haroldo Toro

Professor, College of Veterinary Medicine, Auburn University

Research Interests: Viral Diseases of Poultry
University/Research Institution in Germany: Justus-Liebig Universität Giessen, Tierärztliche Hochschule Hannover, Freie Universität Berlin
E-Mail: torohar[at]auburn[dot]edu

Haroldo Toro is a veterinarian and full professor at Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. His research focuses on immunosuppressive and respiratory viral diseases of commercial chickens. His laboratories use both in vivo and in vitro systems for the evaluation of avian viral diseases. Dr. Toro has published eighty-two manuscripts in peer-reviewed scientific journals. His current work has received competitive funding from grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, and the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station. Previously, he had obtained research funding from the German institutions Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit and the Volkswagen Stiftung and conducted joint research with scientists from the Giessen and F-U Berlin Universities. Dr. Toro holds dual citizenship from Chile and the USA. Dr. Toro speaks German fluently as he attended the German school in Valparaiso, Chile, between 1964 and 1976. In 1980, while still a veterinary student in Chile, he was awarded a DAAD scholarship to perform a six month training at the College of Veterinary Medicine of Hannover. With a further DAAD scholarship, Toro performed doctorate graduate studies at the Justus-Liebig University in Giessen between 1984 and 1987. Prof. Toro continues to maintain close contact with his colleagues in Giessen, Hannover, and Berlin.
Dr. Jack Tuszynski

Allard Research Professor, Department of Oncology and Department of Physics – University of Alberta

Research Interests: Computer-aided drug design, biophysics
University/Research Institution in Germany: Heinrich Heine Universität, Justus Liebig Universität
E-Mail: jackt[at]ualberta[dot]ca

Dr. Jack Tuszynski was trained as a theoretical physicist in Poland, Switzerland and Canada. He has held faculty positions at two Canadian universities and visiting professorships in Germany, Denmark, France, Belgium and China. He published over 325 peer-reviewed papers and 10 books; delivered over 400 scientific talks on five continents. His research has been supported by grants from Canadian, US and European funding agencies. He spent a year at Starlab in Brussels where he worked as a research manager and where he got interested in combining science with business. In 2005 he was appointed to the prestigious Allard Research Chair in Oncology at the University of Alberta. The $3 million Chair is supported by the Alberta Cancer Foundation and the Allard Foundation. Dr. Jack Tuszynski heads a multi-disciplinary team creating “designer drugs” for cancer chemotherapy. The goal of Tuszynski’s computational biophysics work is to create the perfect drugs that would target cancerous cells with minimal side-effects to the healthy cells. To make advances in this new promising field of biological modeling, Jack Tuszynski drew on his physics background to create computer software programs that screen all proteins against all available chemical compounds to find the perfect match based on the lock and key principle. Once a match is found, the team moves on to determining the actual dosage, formulation or best way to administer it. Much of the work in this project called “Pharma-Matrix” is done in silico using two large computer clusters in his lab and three distributed computer networks across Canada. A specific implementation of this work is based on the idea that certain protein targets for chemotherapeutic drugs exist as different variants, some of which may be found in tumors and not in normal tissues. A drug that targets such a protein would maintain its activity on cancerous cells and have little effect on normal tissue cells, resulting in a reduction of side effects. A particular target protein is tubulin whose variants, called isotypes, are narrowly distributed in normal tissues, but are seen at higher levels in tumors. A number of his novel drugs have been synthesized, tested on proteins, cells and animals and are now starting pre-clinical development. Jack Tuszynski’s goal is to accelerate pharmaceutical development and create a bridge between academic research and the pharmaceutical industry to eventually benefit patients.
Dr. Gabi N. Waite

Associate Professor, Cellular and Integrative Physiology, Indiana University School of Medicine

Research Interests: CTraumatic brain injury, hypoxia, oxidative stress, medical and health education
University/Research Institution in Germany: University of Hohenheim, University of Heidelberg (sabbatical)

Gabi Waite is Associate Professor at Indiana University School of Medicine. There, she teaches physiology and early clinical skills to medical students. As such, she has won multiple teaching awards and published several chapters in physiology textbooks and peer-reviewed teaching journals. Her teaching emphasizes interactive learning and incorporates human patient simulation, and videoconferencing. Her current laboratory research focuses on understanding the mechanisms of oxygen-guided therapy for patients with traumatic brain injury. Dr. Waite investigates the impact of hypoxia and oxidative stress on microglia, macrophages of the brain. As part of this research and previous projects, she has authored book chapters, many peer-reviewed articles, given keynote speeches, and mentored graduate and undergraduate students very successfully. Gabi Waite is a native German, who completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Indiana University and since then lives in Indiana with her husband, a biomedical engineer professor and a DAAD ambassador as well. In 2009, they both spent a research sabbatical year in Heidelberg, Germany. Dr. Waite is very interested in international exchange and would love to talk to you about bench research, teaching and learning, or just international living and working.
Dr. Lee Waite

Professor, Biomedical Engineering, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

Research Interests: modeling blood flow, instrumentation, and sports biomechanics
University/Research Institution in Germany: University of Heidelberg
E-Mail: lee.waite[at]rose-hulman[dot]edu

Lee Waite is Professor of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Indiana. Waite was head of the Department of Applied Biology and Biomedical Engineering at Rose for thirteen years before stepping down in 2011 to dedicate more time to teaching, research and writing. He is also former president and current webmaster of the Rocky Mountain Bioengineering Symposium (RMBS). Held annually since 1964, the RMBS is the longest continually operating biomedical engineering conference in North America. In 2008-09 Waite was a Senior Fulbright Scholar at the Experimental Heart Surgery Laboratory, University of Heidelberg. He taught at Kanazawa Institute of Technology in Kanazawa, Japan, during the 1993-94 academic year. His research interests include modeling blood flow, and sports biomechanics. Waite is author or co-author of several books including the textbook, “Applied Biofluid Mechanics”. Waite’s hobbies include foreign languages (German and Japanese), flying, skydiving, running, mountain climbing (Mt. Kilimanjaro in 1997), travel, and reading. He is also President and co-founder of the Atsina Charity Medical Clinic; Accra, Ghana. Waite is married to Gabi N. Waite who is Associate Professor of Integrative Physiology at Indiana University School of Medicine, and who is also a DAAD Research Ambassador.
Charles Webster

Visiting Instructor in German and applied linguistics - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Research Interests: German as a foreign language, linguistic minorities, language and migration, study abroad
University/Research Institution in Germany: Universität Freiburg
E-Mail: cwebste[at]illinois[dot]edu

Charles Webster has accepted a position as Visiting Instructor in the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for the 2012-13 academic year. He is also completing a PhD in German with an applied linguistics focus at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His dissertation, entitled “Language Evidence in the German Study Abroad Context: Availability and Learner Management Strategies,” focuses on the social aspects of language acquisition and use during study abroad. The dissertation study tracks American students participating in a yearlong study abroad program and explores both the quantity and types of language evidence (input) that students encounter, the extent to which students engage with native speakers, the factors (such as community affiliation and identity) that influence students’ decisions to interact with native speakers, and how those decisions relate to proficiency gains. Charles was awarded a ten-month doctoral research grant from the DAAD to conduct his dissertation research at the Universität Freiburg during the 2009-10 academic year. If you have questions about German language and linguistics research, feel free to contact him.
Dr. Rick White

Professor of Chemistry - Sam Houston State University, Texas

Research Interests: Organic Chemistry, Environmental Chemistry
University/Research Institution in Germany: Universitaet Würzburg (1998, 2002), Universitaet Siegen (2007)
E-Mail: white[at]

A native Iowan, Dr. Rick White received a PhD in Organic Chemistry from the University of Iowa in 1977 and taught at Drake University until offered a position at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX in 1984. There he carries out research in Organic Photochemistry. In 1998, Professor White received his first DAAD grant to go to the University of Würzburg where he worked with Prof. Waldemar Adam on the photochemistry of phenyl hydroxylamine. Dr. Adam recently retired with 1001 publications. His labs were well organized and quite productive with hard working and helpful students. With help from the DAAD, Dr. White was able to return to Uni Würzburg in 2002 to work on the photochemical extrusion of nitrogen from cyclic azo molecules. He returned to Germany in 2007 to work with Prof. Heiko Ihmels at the Universität Siegen on the photochemistry of oxiranes. Since then, Dr. White's university has established a student/faculty exchange program with Uni Siegen and students have gone to Siegen to continue their studies.

Dr. White and his wife have developed a science-based course in which they take students to Germany to talk about prominent chemists, most of whom are Nobel prize winners, their historical times, how their historical times influenced their work and how their efforts continue to impact our lives. The couple enjoy introducing students to Germany, its culture, its food and its educational system.
Dr. Wolfgang Wölck

Emeritus Distinguished Service Professor, Fellow of the Center for Cognitive Science - State University of New York, Buffalo

Research Interests: Sociolinguistics, Multilingualism, Ethnolinguistic Minorities
Universities/Research Institutions in Germany: Universitaet Erfurt, Frankfurt, Freiburg, Kiel, Leipzig
E-Mail: wolck[at]

Wolfgang ("Wolf") Wölck is Emeritus Distinguished Service Professor of the State University of New York, Fellow of the Center for Cognitive Science at the University at Buffalo, Advisory Member of the European Research Network for Bilingual Studies (ERBIS), and Honorary Professor of the National University of Peru. In Germany Wolf has taught at the universities of Erfurt, Frankfurt, Freiburg, Kiel and Leipzig. His research areas are contact linguistics, bilingualism, dialectology and sociolinguistic methods. He has been senior researcher for the EUROMOSAIC surveys of European minority languages, including Low German, Danish, Frisian and Sorbian in Germany, and has been scientific adviser to the multinational research project on linguistic diversity (LINEE) of the European Union. His special expertise includes language attitude studies, language standardization, survey sampling (‘community profiles’) and the analysis and description of ethnic varieties of majority languages (‘ethnolects’). Wolf has also worked on Quechua, the language of the former Inca Empire.
Dr. Paul Youngman

Associate Professor of German - Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Virginia

Research Interests: German Technology Studies
Universities/Research Institutions in Germany: Universitaet Karlsruhe
Universitaet Hamburg, German Literature Archive
E-Mail: youngman[at]

Paul A. Youngman is Associate Professor of German at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. His research focuses on the German cultural reception of various technologies. Black Devil and Iron Angel (Catholic University Press, 2005) deals with the railway in 19th-century Germany and We are the Machine (Camden House, 2009) is an analysis of the literary reception of computing and the internet in contemporary Germany. Professor Youngman has enjoyed several research stays in Germany. Most recently he received a grant from the DAAD to conduct research at the Center for Functional Nanostructures in Karlsruhe. Other significant stays included a Fulbright research grant at the University of Hamburg and two DAAD sponsored visits to the German Literature Archive in Marbach. To learn more about Professor Youngman and his research, please visit