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Anna Abnizova David Abraham Aftab Ahmed Gizem Arslan Robert Beachy Elmar Bergeler Staver Bezhani Marybeth Boger M. Harvey Brenner Deborah Anna Brown Juergen F. Brune Corey Campion Albrecht Classen John F. Corrigan Carol Anne Costabile-Heming Dane Thor Daniel James Deaville Denise M. Della Rossa Michael Driedger Professor Edward J. Eberle Steven Ehlert Dawit Eshetu Mamadou Fall Manfred Franke Akhilesh K. Gaharwar Thian Yew Gan Christina Gerhardt Heidi Gottfried Eckart Graeve, Ra Leed AP. Eckhard A. Groll Anette Guse Martin Habekost Habiba Hadziavdic Taylor Hagood Paula Hanssen Victoria Harms George Heffernan Helmut H.A. Hergeth Tobias Hofmann Michael R. Hübner Falk Huettmann Jim Hurley Kristopher Imbrigotta Margaret Jackson Naduparambil Korah Jacob Zhuo Jing-Schmidt Gregory S. Johnston Ingrid Jordon-Thaden Sam Khuri Hoi-eun Kim Brian P. Kiniry Imke Kirste Christine Korte Bahadur Krishna KC Elizabeth Harrington Lambert Ann Lemke Alexander Lerch Mary Lindemann Sebastian Luft Karsten Lunze Benjamin Marschke Peter Martin Bernhard Mayer Dianne M. McMullen Dale Medearis Carsten Mehring Pierre Mertiny Brian S. Mitchell David Mirhady Gerhard Multhaup Monzur Murshed Adrian H. Murray Amos Nascimento John Nicols Joe Perry Alexander G. Ramm Julian Reyes Harry Roddy, Jr. Petra Rohrbach Michael Saffle Ayguen Sahin Richard Schaefer Annette Scharf Heide Schatten Joerg Schlatterer Raphael Schneider Elizabeth Schreiber-Byers Nico Schüler Adam R. Seipp Simone Seym Conrad Siegers Gabrielle Siegers David Luther Smith Glenn Stanley William R. Stanley Jueyi Sui Toshiko Takenaka Lydia Tesfa John R. te Velde Haroldo Toro Jack Tuszynski Jonathan Veinot Willem Vermaas Gabi N. Waite Lee Waite Angela Wandinger-Ness Alina Dana Weber Jens Holger Weber Charles Webster Rick White Wolfgang Wölck Paul Youngman
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@yorku.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.
David Abraham

Professor of Law - University of Miami

Research Interests: Immigration, Citizenship, Nazism, Political Economy
University/Research Institution in Germany: Universitaet Trier, Bundesarchiv, Universitaet Bielefeld, Freie Universitaet Berlin, American Academy Berlin
E-Mail: dabraham@law.miami.edu


David Abraham is Professor of Immigration and Citizenship Law at the University of Miami, where he has taught since the mid-1990s. Prior to that, Abraham was an Assistant and then Associate Professor of History at Princeton University and at the New School fro Social Research. His chief interests are comparative and historical political economy, with a focus on the dynamics of democracy and the welfare state, and he has published widely in this area.

He pursued his agenda first as a DAAD Doktorant in 1972-1974, doing research on the crisis and collapse of the Weimar Republic at the Bundesarchiv in Koblenz and various private archives in the Ruhr while affiliated with the University in Trier. The DAAD Fellowship was absolutely crucial to his accomplishing that research and producing his first book, The Collapse of the Weimar Republic (1982, 1986). Abraham has subsequently retained Germany as a key area of research, returning as a Humboldt Fellow at the Universities in Bielefeld and Berlin to work on “economic democracy” and social democratic visions of transformation. Working with historians and sociologists in this area led him also to the law, where key German legal thinkers like Otto Kircheimer, Franz Neumann, and Hugo Sinzheimer, commanded his attention. More recently, social citizenship has been joined, and to a certain extent displaced, on both sides of the Atlantic by issues of migration and “who belongs” to the nation as well as society. Undertaking comparative work on and in Germany, the U.S, and Israel, Abraham is currently working at the intersection of citizenship and the social state. Abraham has served on the Editorial Board of several journals, including Law and History Review, and as an evaluator for numerous University presses and Fellowship competitions in Israel, Russia, Germany, France, and the U.S.

Abraham 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.
Aftab Ahmed

Research Associate Professor, Chapman University School of Pharmacy - Irvine, California

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


Prior to being a Research Associate Professor at Chapman University School of Pharmacy, Irvine, California, Aftab Ahmed was 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@cornell.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.
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@goucher.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).
Elmar Bergeler

Lecturer of Physics - Texas State University in San Marcos

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


Elmar Bergeler is physics lecturer at Texas State in San Marcos. Before that he worked for National Instruments on 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.
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@daad.org


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.
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@daad.org


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.
M. Harvey Brenner

Professor - SPH Behavioral & Community Health, University of North Texas

Research Interests: Health Economics and Epidemiology
University/Research Institution in Germany: Technische Universitaet Berlin
E-Mail: harvey.brenner@unthsc.edu


M. Harvey Brenner, PhD has been professor in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, UNT Health Science Center, 2005-2010 and since then in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health. He has been professor of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins University from 1979 to the present (Professor Emeritus since 2005), and professor and chair of Epidemiology, Institute for Health Sciences, Berlin University of Technology (Germany), from 1997-2005 and since then Visiting Professor of Epidemiology. Within the United States, Dr. Brenner has done the major work on the impact of the economy on physical and mental health for the United States Congress Joint Economic Committee. Dr. Brenner has performed analyses on the impact of economic development, and specifically unemployment, in major studies of U.S. states funded by the Ford Foundation, the U.S. Department of Labor, and the National Institute on Ageing. He has been responsible for analyses of the impact on mortality, of alcohol and tobacco consumption, socio-economic status and employment patterns, in studies funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, and the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Dr. Brenner has been responsible for major studies of the impact of economic and social factors on health and mortality, in studies for the European Commission, and for governments of the United Kingdom, Sweden, Finland, and Germany. Dr. Brenner has also developed statistical models on infant and child health for the United States as a whole, for 40 industrialized countries, and for over 120 industrialized and developing countries.
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@daad.org


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. Jürgen F. Brune

Research Professor - Mining Engineering, College of Earth Resource Sciences and Engineering, Colorado School of Mines

Research Interests: Mine Ventilation, Mine Safety and Health, Coal Mining, Mine Fire and Explosion Prevention
University/Research Institution in Germany: TU Clausthal
E-Mail: jbrune[at]daad-ambassadors[dot]org


Dr. Jürgen F. Brune is a research professor in the Mining Engineering Department at the Colorado School of Mines (CSM). He is a Professional Engineer licensed in Colorado. Dr. Brune received his undergraduate Diplom degree (Dipl.-Ing.) in mining engineering from Clausthal University of Technology in Germany, a MSc in mining engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and a doctorate (Dr.-Ing.) in mining engineering from Clausthal University of Technology. Dr. Brune teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in mine ventilation, surface and underground coal mine design, advanced mine ventilation, mine safety and health management and other topics. His research is in mine ventilation, fire and explosion prevention, underground communications and use of unmanned airborne vehicles in mining. Prior to joining the CSM faculty in January, 2012, Dr. Brune served as the Chief of the Mine Disaster Prevention and Response Branch at the NIOSH Office for Mine Safety and Health Research (OMSRH) in Pittsburgh, PA, and as the Director of the NIOSH Research Laboratory in Spokane, WA. Before coming to NIOSH in 2004, Dr. Brune had been working in surface and underground coal mining for 20 years. In 2007, Dr. Brune served on the MSHA Technical Study Panel on the Utilization of Belt Air and the Composition and Fire Retardant Properties of Belt Materials in Underground Coal Mining.
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@daad.org


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.
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@email.arizona.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.
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@uwo.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.
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@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.
Dane T. Daniel

Associate Professor, History, Wright State University – Lake Campus

Research Interests: Early Modern History of Science and Religion, History of Medicine, Reformation Studies
Universities/Research Institutions in Germany: Free University of Berlin
E-Mail: ddaniel[at]daad-ambassadors[dot]org


Dane T. Daniel is an Associate Professor of History at Wright State University – Lake Campus, where he teaches European History and History of Science courses primarily at the Lake Campus, but also at the main campus in Dayton. At the Lake Campus he regularly leads international educational tours and advises a student organization, namely, the Cultural Enrichment Club. His dissertation research, alongside the development of pertinent language and paleographical skills, took place during a three-year period of study at the Free University of Berlin, thanks to both a DAAD Doctoral Research Grant (1999-2000) and the Indiana University/Free University of Berlin Graduate Student Exchange Program (2000-2002). Following his time in Germany, he completed his Ph.D. in the History and Philosophy of Science at Indiana University (2003), where his dissertation explored the explicitly theological tracts within the vast oeuvre of Paracelsus (1493/94-1541). He has also worked as a postdoctoral fellow at both the Dibner Institute for the History of Science and Technology (MIT) and the Chemical Heritage Foundation (Philadelphia). In his continuing research and publications within Paracelsiana, he still often visits Germany, where he has been at guest scholar at the Institute for the History of Medicine, University of Bonn. He believes his time in Germany was exceptionally life-enriching and wishes to help others find ways to achieve fruitful time in Germany in their educational and academic pursuits. Please feel free to contact Dane concerning educational and research opportunities and sources of funding in Germany.
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@carleton.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.
Denise Della Rossa

Teaching Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in German – University of Notre Dame

Research Interests: 18th- and 19th-century German women writers, newspaper literature, World War I texts and images by German women.
Universities/Research Institutions in Germany: Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn
E-Mail: ddellarossa[at]daad-ambassadors[dot]org


Dr. Della Rossa is a Teaching Professor in the Department of German and Russian at the University of Notre Dame. Her research focuses primarily on German women writers of the 18th and long 19th centuries. She conducted research for her dissertation at Universität Bonn and the FrauenMediaTurm in Cologne. She is currently working on a project that investigates text and image by women in World War I Expressionist magazines, such as Zeitecho. Since 2006 she is Notre Dame’s university liaison to the DAAD. 2008 she was a participant in the National Association of Fellowship Advisors (NAFA) Study Tour to Germany in collaboration with the DAAD and the Fulbright Commission. She was co-planner of the 2011 Study Tour that met with representatives of nine different German universities.

If you have questions concerning research opportunities and sources of funding in Germany for any discipline please feel free to contact her.
Michael Driedger

Associate Professor, Department of History, Brock University

Research Interests: German and Dutch history until 1815; radical and nonconforming Protestantism in early modern Europe; new religious movements in Europe and beyond; historiography; digital humanities
Universities/Research Institutions in Germany: University of Hamburg; Leibniz Institut fuer europaeische Geschichte Mainz
E-Mail: mdriedger[at]daad-ambassadors[dot]org


Mike Driedger was born in Victoria, Canada, and his first language was German, but he forgot it within a year, partly because his parents could only speak with him about dinosaurs in English. Nonetheless, his interest in the past has continued into his professional life. During his graduate studies in the early 1990s he worked closely with Prof. Dr. Hans-Jürgen Goertz at the Institut für Sozial- und Wirtschaftsgeschichte at the Universität Hamburg, and chats with Goertz and DAAD funding helped him relearn German. Since completing his dissertation on Mennonite politics in 17th-century Hamburg and Altona, Mike has researched and taught in Germany for almost four years (a very, very short time from a paleontological perspective). This experience includes postdoctoral research in the late 1990s in Hamburg, Mainz (Institut für europäische Geschichte, now a Leibniz Institut), and Göttingen (Max Planck Institut für Geschichte). Since 2000 he has taught history and liberal arts at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario (near Niagara Falls). In the 2003-04 academic year he was the Resident Director of the Canadian Year in Freiburg Program. His current research project is about Dutch Mennonite revolutionaries in the late 18th century, and more broadly about the role of nonconforming Protestants in the Enlightenment and in the rise of civil society. Because of his past research on the siege of Anabaptist Münster in 1534-35, he is also interested in popular claims about religion, fanaticism and violence, and furthermore in the sociology of new religious movements. He now knows next to nothing about dinosaurs. The DAAD has played a major role in his academic career. Most recently in 2007 he held a DAAD Faculty Research Visit Grant at the Universität Bamberg (working with Prof. Dr. Mark Häberlein in Fachbereich Geschichte). In fact, the foundation for all of Mike’s experience at German universities (and in many ways the foundation for his research career) was a DAAD graduate fellowship in the 1991-92 academic year. As a Research Ambassador he is happy to provide information to all potential DAAD applicants, especially those in the humanities and social sciences – or simply talk with other researchers about shared interests. He is available for campus visits in southern Ontario and western Upstate New York.
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@rwu.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

Postdoctoral Associate - Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research at MIT

Research Interests: High Energy Astrophysics, Observational Cosmology
University/Research Institution in Germany: Max Planck Institut fuer Kernphysik, Universitaet Heidelberg
E-Mail: ehlert@daad.org


Steven Ehlert is a postdoctoral associate 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. He is willing to help you get there too if you ask nicely.
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@niagaracollege.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 DAAD 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.
Mamadou Fall

Associate Professor – Department of Civil Engineering, University of Ottawa

Research Interests: Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering
University/Research Institution in Germany: TU Freiberg
E-Mail: mfall@uottawa.ca


Dr. Fall is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Ottawa (Canada), the Director of the Ottawa-Carleton Institute for Environmental Engineering and a regional Director of the Canadian Geotechnical Society. He was awarded a DAAD PhD scholarship for his PhD studies in geotechnical engineering at the Technical University of Freiberg (Germany). Subsequently, he was granted a postdoctoral fellowship by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and coordinated the DFG-Graduate School of Environmental Geosciences and Geotechnics.

In 2006, Dr. Fall joined the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Ottawa. He has been leading several major research projects that are related to mine waste management, underground disposal of nuclear wastes, geological sequestration of carbon dioxide, landslides and engineered landfill technology. Dr. Fall is currently supervising a large research team of postdoctoral researchers and graduate students (PhD and Masters). His team is performing leading edge research in the geotechnical and geoenvironmental fields in close collaboration with the industry, major federal and provincial governmental institutions, and international partners. Over the years, his research projects have received substantial funding from a number of agencies and private companies. He has been involved in the organization of numerous workshops, seminars, and national and international conferences. He has been repeatedly invited as keynote speaker or lecturer, and regularly acts as a reviewer for scientific committees, peer review journals, and funding agencies.

Dr. Fall has maintained active relationships with colleagues at several universities in Germany, including the Technical University of Freiberg, the RWTU Aachen University, and the University of Göttingen. If you have questions concerning research opportunities in geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering or related disciplines and sources of funding, please feel free to contact me.
Manfred Franke



PhD candidate & Fulbright Fellow in Neural Engineering - Case Western Reserve University

Research Interests:
University/Research Institution in Germany:Neurorehabilitation Research, Functional restoration of the Nervous System post injury Technische Universität Dresden & Albert Ludwigs Universität Freiburg
E-Mail: Manfred.Franke@gmail.com


Manfred Franke is currently a doctoral candidate in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Case Western Reserve University, and will begin a new position as Postdoctoral Researcher in fall of 2013. His research focuses on the selective activation (stimulation) and deactivation (nerve block) of specific nerve fibers to minimize symptoms and restore function in patients who suffered injury or illness to the nervous system or the inner organs such as the heart. The ability to selectively interface with specific nerve fibers allows a controlled restoration of function and mitigation of symptoms such as spasticity or pain. Mr. Franke holds a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the TU Dresden, which he completed in collaborative research projects with the IMTEK at the Albert Ludwigs Universität Freiburg. During his studies in both, Dresden and Freiburg, Mr. Franke was involved with the local IAESTE and VDE groups and is currently serving in an advisory position to the internationalization of the VDE Youngnet’s activities. One of his contributions to the International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience (IAESTE) was the initiation and organization of the first worldwide IAESTE-Day in 2005. Aside from receiving the Fulbright Fellowship for conducting his PhD research in Neural Engineering at Case Western Reserve University, Mr. Franke was supported by the Friedrich-Naumann-Foundation for his studies in Dresden and Freiburg and as well as the DAAD/IAESTE for internships at the Technion Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, Israel and the Bauman MGTU Moscow State Technical University in Moscow, Russia. If you have questions concerning research opportunities in Germany, collaborations with German institutions, or sources of funding your research collaboration, please feel free to contact him.
Akhilesh K. Gaharwar

Assistant Professor - Department of Biomedical Engineering,Texas A&M University

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.gaharwar@gmail.com


Dr. Gaharwar, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Texas A&M University. His research experience spans diverse fields including materials science, chemistry, biology, and engineering of polymeric biomaterials and nanocomposites. Dr. Gaharwar’s laboratory “Inspired Nanomaterials and Tissue Engineering (iNanoTE)” is developing advanced biomimetic nanostructure for functional tissue engineering. His research program integrates nanomaterials and stem cells for the development of functional tissue engineering. He is leveraging principles from biomedical engineering, materials science, microfabrication, chemistry, and stem cells biology in a unique way to address some of the daunting challenges in regenerative medicine. Dr. Gaharwar has published 30 high-impact journal articles, two-issued/pending patents, one book chapter, and more than 50 conference presentations and have H-index of 12. He is also, the lead editor of a forthcoming book “Nanomaterials for Tissue Engineering” and editorial board member of “Scientific Reports” (a Nature Publishing Group). Over 14 major international awards have recognized Dr. Gaharwar’s interdisciplinary research. He receives awards from three major societies: biomedical (2011 BMES Graduate Award, 2013 CMBE - BMES Rising Star/Fellows), materials science (2011 MRS Silver Award), and biomaterials (2010 Society For Biomaterials – STAR). He was awarded the prestigious “2010 Dimitris N. Chorafas Foundation Award” for an outstanding Ph.D dissertation. Other notable awards include “2011 ACTA Student Award”, and “2004 MHRD Scholarship”. He was the recipient of a nine-month DAAD/IIT-Master-Sandwich-Program in 2005-06 to complete his master thesis. 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.
Thian Yew Gan

Professor at the 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@ualberta.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.

Christina Gerhardt

Assistant Professor of German - University of Hawai'i at Mānoa

Research Interests: 20th-century European and German literature, culture and film; film theory, history and analysis; globalization and transnational studies; environmental studies; theories and representations of social movements.
University/Research Institution in Germany: Freie Universitaet Berlin, Hamburg Institute for Social Research
E-Mail: cg2020@hawaii.edu


Professor Christina Gerhardt is Assistant Professor of German at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānao, where she teaches 20th-century German literature and film. Her research has been supported by appointments at Harvard University's Center for European Studies and at Columbia University; and by the DAAD, the Fulbright Commission, the National Endowment for the Humanities (Hawaii Humanities Council), the Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies, the Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung, Potsdam, and the University of California at Berkeley, where she taught from 2000 to 2006.

Her second monograph - Critique of Violence: The Trauma of Terrorism - examines re-occuring representations of terrorism in literature, art and film. She has published numerous articles in relationship to this study. Her first monograph - The Language of Nature in Theodor W. Adorno's Writings - examines the rhetoric of nature in Adorno's philosophical and literary writings. Professor Gerhardt has published extensively on the Frankfurt School and especially on Adorno: she is editor of Adorno and Ethics, New German Critique; author of the entry on Adorno in the Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism; and of numerous articles on Adorno, Horkheimer and Kracauer.

She was a recipient of DAAD Faculty Research Grant; a DAAD Summer Seminar in German Studies; and a DAAD Contemporary German Literature grant. She serves as a DAAD research ambassador and scholarship adviser, encouraging students to pursue the DAAD's offerings.
Heidi Gottfried

Associate Professor, Department of Sociology - Wayne State University

Research Interests: Work Transformation, social policy, gender and inequality
Universities/Research Institutions in Germany: Institute fuer Soziologie, University of Hamburg
E-Mail: hgottfried[at]daad-ambassadors[dot]org


Dr. Heidi Gottfried is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at Wayne State University. She received her PhD in Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. As a recipient of a DAAD Fellowship in 1995, she studied the changing German economic system and its impact on women. The University of Hamburg hosted her research visit. In subsequent research, she contrasted the German economic model to Japan. Dr. Gottfried was appointed Maria Jahoda Visiting Professor at the University of Bochum in 2000-1; and has made frequent research visits to Germany supported by grants from the Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg Delmenhorst, Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin, the Institute of East Asia Studies at the University of Duisburg/Essen, and the Sozialforschungsstelle Dortmund. She was invited to participate in a delegation of scholars sponsored by ConRuhr. She feels it is important to encourage and support younger scholars to undertake research in Germany. The scope and breadth of scholarship at Germany universities and research institutes offer academics from the United States the chance to expand their intellectual horizons, come into contact with new perspectives on their own research, and build important international relationships that help to facilitate the dissemination of scholarship.
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@daad.org


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.
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
E-Mail: groll@daad.org




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.
Anette Guse

Associate Professor of German - University of New Brunswick

Research Interests: Performing Arts: Baroque Opera, German Cinema, Music and Dance Theatre
University/Research Institution in Germany: Herzog-August Bibliothek, Universitaet Potsdam/Einstein Forum, Akademie der Kuenste, Kurt Weill Gesellschaft
E-Mail: aguse@unb.ca


Anette Guse is an Associate Professor of German and Chair of the Department of Culture and Language Studies, at the University of New Brunswick, Fredericton. She earned her PhD in German Language and Literature at Queen’s University, Canada. Her areas of research in German cultural studies and performing arts are music-theatre, especially Baroque Opera and Kurt Weill, dance theatre and German cinema (German-Turkish film). She was a recipient of two DAAD German Studies Summer fellowships: Multiculturalism in Germany, 1998 at the Einstein Forum in Potsdam, and Operatic States: Imagining Community in Music-Drama at Cornell University, 2007. She advises undergraduate students in German and German Studies and has mentored PAD exchange teachers for German as a Foreign language. She feels that the research seminars she attended through the DAAD significantly contributed to her research and career development. As a DAAD research ambassador she would like to encourage students and faculty to participate in the DAAD program. She is available to provide information about the wide range of various study abroad grants, research opportunities and sources of funding in Germany. If you have questions concerning a program or need assistance in the application process please feel free to contact her.
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@daad.org


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 (www.dikautschuk.de). 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@daad.org


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.
Taylor Hagood

Associate Professor, Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters–Florida Atlantic University

Research Interests: American literature (Faulkner, African American, United States South)
University/Research Institution in Germany: Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität-München
E-Mail: thagood@fau.edu


Taylor Hagood is an Associate Professor of American Literature and the 2013-2014 Lifelong Learning Society Distinguished Professor of Arts and Letters in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters at Florida Atlantic University. Having received his PhD at the University of Mississippi where he held the Frances Bell McCool Fellowship in Faulkner Studies, he has focused his scholarship on the writing of William Faulkner, African American literature, and the literature and culture of the United States South via theorizations of place, space, empire, secrecy as a mode of social negotiation, and disability. In 2009-2010 he was a Fulbright Gastprofessor and in 2011 was a Visiting Professor at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich. During his time in Germany he gave lectures at the Amerika-Institut in Munich and at Jacobs University Bremen and Universität-Regensburg. His time in Munich was life-changing on both professional and personal levels, and he has worked to promote German-American exchange ever since. He would be delighted to help students and scholars make connections and find resources in Germany, especially in Munich and Bavaria. Any questions are most welcome, including those pertaining to the perspectives on American Studies offered at the Amerika Institut and the advantages of studying American literature and history in Germany.
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@webster.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)
Victoria Harms

Ph.D. Candidate - History Department, University of Pittsburgh

Research Interests: East-West Relations before and after the Cold War, European Union enlargement
University/Research Institution in Germany: Europa Universität Viadrina, Frankfurt Oder (Alma Mater) • Deutsches Literaturarchiv Marbach am Neckar • Forschungsstelle Osteuropa, Universität Bremen • Politisches Archiv, Auswärtiges Amt • Archiv der Akademie der Künste Berlin-Brandenburg • Institut für Buchwissenschaften, Universität Mainz
E-Mail: vharms[at]daad-ambassadors [dot]org
Website: https://victoriaeharms.wordpress.com


Victoria Harms is a PhD candidate and teaching assistant in the History Department at the University of Pittsburgh. After a Bachelor’s degree in Cultural and Social Sciences at the Europa Universität Viadrina, she studied History at the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary, for which she received a one-year postgraduate fellowship from the DAAD. In 2008 and 2009, the DAAD supported her Hungarian summer language studies in Budapest. Then DAAD Visiting Professor Árpád von Klimó (now Catholic University of America) encouraged her to pursue her PhD in History at the University of Pittsburgh. She entered the program in 2009. Upon his departure, former DAAD Visiting Professor and now the History Department’s Graduate Studies Director Gregor Thum continued advising her research project, in which she also addresses the history of the DAAD’s Berlin Artists-in-Residence Program. She will defend her thesis “From Dissent to Absent: Hungarian dissidents and their friends in the West, 1973-2010” in September 2014.

Thanks to the DAAD, she has enjoyed an outstanding and unique graduate education in Budapest and in Pittsburgh. If you have questions concerning archival research and sources of funding in Germany please feel free to contact her.
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@Indiana.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.
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@daad.org


Professor Heffernan specializes in contemporary European philosophy, especially phenomenology, hermeneutics, and existentialism, and concentrates on topics involving evidence, understanding, and meaning. He has presented almost 100 scholarly papers at national and international conferences, including the World Congress of Philosophy, Husserl Circle, North American Society for Early Phenomenology, Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, and American Philosophical Association. He has published numerous monographs, including in Phaenomenologica, Husserl Studies, The New Yearbook for Phenomenology, and Studia Phaenomenologica. He has received grants from the Basselin Foundation, the German Academic Exchange Service, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Presently he 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.
Helmut H.A. Hergeth

Associate Professor in Textile Management at NC State University

Research Interests: Strategic Textile Management, Strategic Cost Management, Technology Management, Business Visualization.
Universities/Research Institutions in Germany: Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität; FH Bielefeld;
RWTH Aachen and Hochschule Niederrhein
E-Mail: hergeth@daad.org


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, teaches in study-abroad programs in Germany, and is looking forward to discussing research and study in Germany.
Tobias Hofmann

Assistant Professor of Political Science – University of Utah

Research Interests: Political economy, international politics, research methods
Universities/Research Institutions in Germany: Free University of Berlin, University of Heidelberg, Humboldt University of Berlin, University of Konstanz
E-Mail: thofmann[at]daad-ambassadors[dot]org


Dr. Tobias Hofmann is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Utah. His work examines the political economy of international institutions, with a focus on multilateral and preferential trade agreements as well as European integration. He is particularly interested in the design and effectiveness of institutions related to compliance and the settlement of trade disputes. He has published in such international political science journals as Comparative Political Studies, Journal of European Public Policy, and Politische Vierteljahresschrift. Before joining the University of Utah, Tobias Hofmann held positions at the National University of Singapore, the College of William & Mary, the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and Harvard University’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. He is a graduate of the University of Konstanz and Free University of Berlin, where he received his PhD in 2012.
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@cshl.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).
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@Alaska.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).
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@daad.org


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@pugetsound.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: mrjackson[at]fsu[dot]edu


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

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.
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]daad.org


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.
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.
Ingrid Jordon-Thaden



Post-doctorate Fellow - Bucknell University Research Botanist -University and Jepson Herbaria within the University of California-Berkeley

Research Interests: Plant systematics and biodiversity
University/Research Institution in Germany: University of Heidelberg
E-Mail: ijordonthaden[at]berkeley[dot]edu


Dr. Ingrid Jordon-Thaden is currently a post-doctorate fellow at Bucknell University and a research botanist at the University and Jepson Herbaria within the University of California-Berkeley. Her research interests are plant genetics, systematics, and evolution. She specializes in studying alpine plants and the effect genome duplication has on the adaptation of species. From August 2010 to August 2012, she was a post-doctorate fellow at the University of Florida in the Department of Biology and Florida Museum of Natural History. While at Florida, she studied plant genetic evolution of genome duplication (i.e. polyploidy). Prior to her post-doctorate work, she was a full PhD student at the University of Heidelberg under the supervision of Professor Dr. Marcus A. Koch. For the duration of her PhD studies, she was a DAAD scholar for four years from April of 2006 to December of 2009, graduating with a 1.0.

While in Germany, she partook in the Heidelberg Institute for Plant Sciences graduate program that allowed her to travel to the German Botanical Society meetings, and other international conferences to present her research, funded both by the DAAD and the University of Heidelberg Graduate Academy. Ingrid was also fortunate to have two separate research training sessions at the Institute for Plant Research and Culture (IPK) in Gatersleben, Germany, a Leibniz Institute. Additionally, the University of Heidelberg Graduate Academy provided funds to partake in a three-week workshop for molecular evolution in Czesky Krumlov, Czech Republic. Before her time in Germany, Ingrid obtained her Master of Science in biology in 2005, and her Bachelor of Science in horticulture and chemistry in 2000 all in her home state, Nebraska, at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Ingrid is currently a Heidelberg Alumni International mentor and co-chair of the HAUS San Francisco chapter. Her new appointment as a DAAD Ambassador will allow her to further provide the students she is in regular contact with current and valuable information regarding studying and research opportunities in Germany.
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]daad.org


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: www.cs.sjsu.edu/faculty/khuri
Dr. Hoi-eun Kim

Associated 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: hkim[at]daad-ambassador[dot]org


Trained in both 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, Doctors of Empire (University of Toronto Press, 2014), questions the nature of the Japanese modern transformation by looking at the medical and cultural encounters between Germany and Japan during the Meiji 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.” The recipient of the 2015 J. Worth Estes Prize of the American Association for the History of Medicine, Kim is currently working on a global history of modern pharmaceutical products 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).
Imke Kirste

Postdoctoral Associate, School of Medicine – Duke University, Durham, NC

Research Interests:Neuroscience: Cognition, Neurodegenerative Diseases and Adult Stem Cells
University/Research Institution in Germany: Max-Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin; Charite, Berlin; Free University, Berlin; Center for Regenerative Therapies (CRTD), Dresden; Universität zu Lübeck
E-Mail: imke[dot]kirste[at]duke[dot]edu


Imke Kirste currently works as a Postdoctoral Associate with Prof. David Madden in the Brain Imaging and Analysis Institute at Duke Medicine; focusing on the connection between the aging brain, dementia and major depression. Previously, she has analyzed the mechanism of cellular reprogramming to enhance regenerative approaches in medicine under the supervision of Prof. Victor Dzau at Duke Medicine. During her PhD studies Imke Kirste investigated psychosocial influence on neurogenesis in the adult hippocampus under the supervision of Prof. Gerd Kempermann at CRTD in collaboration with Prof. Golo Kronenberg at Charite, Berlin. Imke Kirste received her PhD in 2012 from Free University Berlin. She studied Medical Neurosciences at Charite Berlin for her Master’s Degree and carried out her Bachelor studies in Molecular Biotechnology at Universität zu Lübeck. Since High School Imke Kirste has been driven by the question how such a huge pile of cells as complex as a human organism can function that well? And in case a disease interferes with this high grade of communication and organization, how can medicine help to diagnose and cure this disease? Since this question is not answerable in all detail within a single lifetime, she decided to focus on the function of the brain in healthy versus ill subjects. Thus, she investigates the aging process of the adult brain and connected diseases such as dementia to help improving the field with the final goal of better diagnostic criteria and better cures.

Imke Kirste is serving as a DAAD research ambassador and would like to share her experiences within several German research institutions. She invites you to discuss opportunities for your own career within Germany. Please feel free to contact her with any questions regarding German Research environment, culture and funding opportunities.
Christine Korte

PhD Candidate in Communication & Culture - York University, Toronto Canada

Research Interests: Aesthetics and Politics, Critical Theory, Avant-Garde Performance, German Theatre History, Russian-German History & Culture
University/Research Institution in Germany: Johannes Gutenberg Universität, Mainz
E-Mail: c_korte[at]hotmail[dot]com


Christine Korte is a PhD candidate in the Communication and Culture program at York University in Toronto. She is also a member of York University’s Canadian Centre of German and European Studies (CCGES) – an interdisciplinary research forum that brings together students and faculty to generate European-focused scholarship. Christine held a DAAD scholarship in 2010-2011. This brought her into the archives of the Akademie der Künste in Berlin where she had access to historical documents related to her dissertation project: an institutional ethnography of the Berliner Volksbühne. Christine has also taught in the American Studies department at the Johannes Gutenberg Universität in Mainz, and participated in the university’s International Performance PhD Doctoral Colloquium (IPP). Her affiliation with the IPP in Mainz is ongoing and has been an invaluable resource and network over the years. Christine would be happy to answer any questions about further research at higher learning institutes in Germany, or about conducting archival research in special collections.
Krishna Bahadur KC

Banting Postdoctoral Fellow - Department of Geography, University of Guelph

Research Interests: natural resources management particularly land and water resources management, Geographic Information System, remote sensing, spatial modeling
University/Research Institution in Germany: University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart
E-Mail: krishnak[at]uoguelph[dot]ca


Krishna obtained his PhD from the University of Hohenheim, Germany on combining socioeconomic and spatial methodologies in rural resources and livelihood development. He was a recipient of the DAAD post graduate scholarship for three and half years from April 2002 to September 2005, to complete his PhD. He did his PhD work under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Werner Doppler, in the department of agricultural economics and related sciences at the University of Hohenheim Stuttgart. He worked as a Wissenschaftlicher assistant (Assistant Professor) at the same institute for about five year after the completion of his PhD. He has also worked as a Research Fellow at the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University, Japan. He earned his Master of Sciences in natural resources management from the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand and his Bachelor in Forestry Sciences from the Institute of Forestry, Tribhuvan University, Nepal. Krishna’s research interests lie in the area of natural resources management, particularly land and water resource management. His areas of research also include Geographic Information System (GIS), remote sensing, spatial modeling and combining economic and spatial methods. His past research has focused on land use dynamics, spatial water resources management and rural livelihood in Thailand, Cambodia and Nepal. Recently he has started to work on climate change and food security issues. He is currently researching the strategies to boost global food production: Modeling different policy scenarios and farm management options. Krishna has published two books and over half a dozen journal articles. He feels that DAAD played a very important role in his career. DAAD offers many opportunities for students and researcher to develop their academic and research carriers. Krishna is serving as a DAAD research ambassador and would like to encourage Canadian students and researchers to participate in DAAD programs and assist them in gaining the same experiences and opportunities. If you have questions concerning research opportunities and sources of funding in Germany please feel free to contact him.
Ann Lemke

Oboe Instructor - Cranbrook Schools, Bloomfield Hills, MI; Visiting Scholar - Germanic Languages & Literatures, The University of Michigan

Research Interests: German women writers and composers, the interrelationship of music and literature, Goethe songs, music for young children
University/Research Institution in Germany: Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Karl-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
E-Mail: lemkestudio[dot]com


Dr. Ann Lemke is a scholar of German music and literature, a musician, and educator, and has published numerous articles on German women composers. The songbook she edited, Inspired by Goethe: Songs by Women Composers of the 18th and 19th Centuries, was made into a CD.

As a DAAD grantee at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn (1991-92), she conducted research in various manuscript libraries, including those in Bonn, Berlin, Krakow, Marburg, Weimar, Karlsruhe and Münster. In 1987-88 she was a Fulbright grantee at the Karl-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg and conducted further research at the Freies deutsches Hochstift in Frankfurt. While residing in Germany, she also performed as a soloist and orchestral musician. As the recipient of a Weimar Stipend from the Klassik Stiftung Weimar in 1999, she conducted research at the Goethe- und Schiller-Archiv and at the Herzogin Anna Amalia Bibliothek in Weimar. She was awarded a research prize from the Bettine von Arnim Society for her pioneering work on von Arnim’s musical voice. She taught at Indiana University (where she completed the Ph.D. in Comparative Literature) and at the University of Bonn before becoming an Adjunct Professor at Oakland University, where she taught German language and Women in Music.

The time spent studying in Germany was a great benefit to Dr. Lemke’s further studies, and she would like to help others also benefit from such opportunities. She welcomes inquiries about researching and living in Germany.
Alexander Lerch

Assistant Professor, Center for Music Technology – Georgia Institute of Technology

Research Interests: Music Information Retrieval & Music Technology
Universities/Research Institutions in Germany: Technische Universitaet Berlin
E-Mail: alerch[at]daad-ambassadors[dot]org


Alexander Lerch is Assistant Professor at the Georgia Tech Center for Music Technology. He works on the design of new digital signal processing algorithms for music analysis and synthesis. Lerch studied Electrical Engineering at the Technical University of Berlin and Tonmeister at the University of Arts Berlin and received his Diplom-Ingenieur degree and his PhD in 2000 and 2008, respectively. He was recipient of a DAAD post-doctoral fellowship for a research stay at the University of Victoria (Canada) in 2010. Alexander Lerch is co-founder of the Berlin-based company zplane.development – a research-driven technology provider for the music industry. His book "An Introduction to Audio Content Analysis: Applications in
Signal Processing and Music Informatics" has been published in 2012 by Wiley/ IEEE Press.
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.
Sebastian Luft

Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy – Marquette University

Research Interests: 19th and 20th century European philosophy, philosophy of culture.
Universities/Research Institutions in Germany: Universität Würzburg, Universität Freiburg i.Br. (Husserl-Archiv)
E-Mail: sluft[at]daad-ambassadors[dot]org


Dr. Sebastian Luft is Associate Professor (and Assistant Chair for the academic year 2014/15) in the Department of Philosophy at Marquette University. He has been at Marquette since 2004. Before that, he was a Humboldt-post-doctoral scholar (Feodor-Lynen) at Emory University. He received his education in Freiburg i.Br., Heidelberg (M.A., 1994), Wuppertal (PhD, 1998) and Würzburg (Habil., 2013). He was visiting professor in Freiburg in 2009/10. His interests lie in 19th and 20th century European philosophy, especially the German tradition (Kant, German Idealism, Neo-Kantianism, Phenomenology). As a professor who directs dissertations in this area, he feels very adamant about sending his students to Germany with DAAD fellowships to learn German in order to read the sources in the original. In serving as research ambassador, he intends to encourage more students, also from fields other than philosophy, to apply for DAAD fellowships to spend time in his native Germany.
Karsten Lunze

Assistant Professor - School of Medicine, Boston University

Research Interests: Maternal and newborn health, HIV prevention among key populations
Universities/Research Institutions in Germany: Charité Medical School, Berlin
E-Mail: klunze[at]daad-ambassadors[dot]org


Karsten Lunze studied medicine in Berlin (Germany) with partly DAAD-supported rotations in Oxford (UK), Heidelberg (Germany), Geneva (Switzerland), Nice (France), São Paolo (Brazil), Santarém (Brazil) , Chicago and Boston. In addition to his medical degree, Karsten received a doctorate in genetic epidemiology from Charité Medical School in Berlin, Germany, an MPH in global health from the Harvard School of Public Health, and a doctorate in public health from Boston University. He holds Certificates in Humanitarian Studies from Harvard University, in French Philology from Sorbonne University in Paris (France) and in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences (WHO Collaborating Centre) in Beijing (China). He trained in pediatrics and pediatric cardiology at Charité and Hopkins University, and in preventive medicine at Boston University. Currently a junior faculty at Boston University and a health advisor for WHO and UNICEF, Karsten hosts and mentors DAAD-supported German medical, public health, and midwifery students for research rotations in Boston. He is serving as a DAAD research ambassador to facilitate American students’ participation in DAAD-sponsored opportunities in Germany. Please contact Karsten with questions about research opportunities and sources of funding for research and training in Germany.
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 (PhD UCLA) is a Professor of History at Humboldt State University, in Arcata, California.

Marschke has held fellowships from the DAAD, the Fritz Thyssen Stiftung, and the Max Planck Institut für Geschichte.

Marschke is the author of Absolutely Pietist: Patronage, Factionalism, and State-Building in the Early Eighteenth-Century Prussian Army Chaplaincy (2005), a co-editor of The Holy Roman Empire, Reconsidered (2010), a co-author of Experiencing the Thirty Years War, with Hans Medick (2013), and a co-author of Kinship, Community, and Self: Essays in Honor of David Warren Sabean (2015).

Marschke has also published a half-dozen articles regarding Pietists at the Prussian court and the relationship of Halle Pietism and the Prussian monarch. He is currently working on a survey of early eighteenth-century changes in political ceremony, gender/sexuality, luxury/money, and intellectual/academic culture.
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
E-Mail:pxmartin[at]iastate[dot]edu




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.
Bernhard Mayer

Professor, Department of Geoscience – University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Research Interests: Geochemistry
Universities/Research Institutions in Germany: Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich, Ruhr-University Bochum
E-Mail: bmayer[at]daad-ambassadors[dot]org


Bernhard Mayer is a Professor in the Department of Geoscience at the University of Calgary, Alberta Canada. He studied geology at the Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich and conducted his PhD research in isotope geochemistry at the Helmholtz Centre Munich. After a 1.5-year postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Calgary, and a 3-year assistant appointment at the Ruhr-University Bochum, he was recruited as professor at the University of Calgary in 1997. Dr. Mayer is an expert in tracer geochemistry and he has applied stable isotope tracer techniques to a wide variety of environmental and geological problems. His internationally renown expertise in stable isotope geochemistry has garnered him invitations as visiting scientist in the Department of Hydrogeology at the UFZ Environmental Research Centre Leipzig-Halle and in the Institute for Biogeochemistry at the Max-Planck Institute in Jena, just to name a few. As a PhD student in Germany, Dr. Mayer was given the opportunity to build and foster international research contacts and he rapidly realized the tremendous value of international research experiences in other countries. He now regularly trains and mentors graduate students and postdoctoral fellows from Germany and other countries in his large research group. In his role as DAAD research ambassador he also strongly encourages Canadian students to participate in the DAAD program and assists them in gaining international research experience and opportunities. If you have questions concerning research opportunities and sources of funding in Germany please feel free to contact him.
Dianne M. McMullen

Professor of Music, College Organist, and Chair of the Department of Music – Union College, Schenectady, New York

Research Interests: The German Lutheran chorale at the time of Johann Sebastian Bach; The German galliard song
University/Research Institution in Germany: Universität Hamburg, Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Hamburg, Universität Göttingen, Universität München
E-Mail: mcmulled[at]union[dot]edu


Prof. Dianne McMullen is Professor of Music, College Organist, and Chair of the Department of Music at Union College in Schenectady, New York. She is also Director of the College’s Early Music Ensemble. Before teaching at Union College, Prof. McMullen had taught at Adelphi University, The University of California at Los Angeles, and The University of Michigan at Dearborn.

Prof. McMullen specializes in music of the Renaissance and Baroque Eras. She is currently working on a seven-volume publication with Dr. Wolfgang Miersemann of the Franckesche Stiftungen in Halle on the choralebooks published by Johann Anastasius Freylinghausen. These choralebooks, the Geist=reiches Gesang=Buch and the Neues Geist=reiches Gesang=Buch, are the most important choralebooks printed during the time of Johann Sebastian Bach. This research project has been supported by multiple grants from the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), the equivalent of the NEH, and by grants from the Franckesche Stiftungen.

Prof. McMullen has also been the recipient of a one and one-half year Fulbright Grant for research in Göttingen and Munich on the German Lutheran chorale in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and of a summer grant from the Max Planck Institut für Geschichte for studies on choralebooks housed at Göttingen. In addition, she has received two DAAD Grants. One was a one-year grant for studies on the pipe organ with Heinz Wunderlich at the Jacobikirche through the Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Hamburg and for studies in musicology at the Universität Hamburg. The other DAAD Grant was a summer research grant for studies of the German galliard song, a unique type of Renaissance dance music.

Prof. McMullen has worked at libraries and archives throughout Germany. Some of the ones that she knows the best are in Hamburg, Lübeck, Göttingen, Munich, Berlin, Frankfurt, Hannover, Kassel, Leipzig, Halle, Dresden, Gotha, Wolfenbüttel, and Stuttgart. Prof. McMullen would be very glad to talk with anyone about research or study in Germany, especially those interested in music studies or in the arts as a whole. She is grateful to the DAAD for the grants that she has received. They have made it possible for her to make great strides in her studies and research.
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 - University of California, Irvine

Research Interests: Computational Fluid Dynamics
University/Research Institution in Germany: TU Stuttgart
E-Mail: cmehring[at]eng.uci[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.
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.
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 www.sfu.ca/nomoi. 
 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.
Brian S. Mitchell

Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering – Tulane University

Research Interests: Nanostructured Materials Processing
Universities/Research Institutions in Germany: Bergakademie Freiberg/BAM; DLR; Max Planck Inst. F. Kolloids
E-Mail: bmitchell[at]daad-ambassadors[dot]org


Brian S. Mitchell is Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana, and a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. He graduated with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Illinois-Urbana, and received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Nanostructured materials and materials processing are Brian’s primary research areas of interest. He has advised eight Ph.D. and six M.S. students to completion. His research experiences include an NSF-NATO Postdoctoral Fellowship, a German Academic Exchange Fellowship, and two Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowships, all in Germany. He has also served as an industrial consultant and has secured over $1.0 M in external research funding. Brian has authored 60 peer-reviewed journal articles, two U.S Patents, and one textbook. He has given over 30 national and international presentations, including two dozen presentations to Louisiana elementary school children. In addition to his research and teaching duties, Brian served as Associate Provost for Graduate Studies and research from 2006 to 2014.
Gerhard Multhaup

Chair and Professor -Department of Pharmacology & Therapeutics, Faculty of Medicine at McGill University

Research Interests: Biomedical pharmacology; neurodegeneration and amyloid toxicity
Universities/Research Institutions in Germany: Institute of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the Freie Universitaet of Berlin (FUB) and the University of Heidelberg (ZMBH)
E-Mail: gmulthaup[at]daad-ambassadors[dot]org


Dr. Multhaup, Chair of the Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics, holds a CRC Tier 1 linked to CFI infrastructure support, and is a member of the Quebec Health Research Fund (FRQ-S), groups GÉPROM (Groupe d'étude des protéines membranaires), and GRASP (Groupe de Recherche Axé sur la Structure des Proteines). Before his appointment at McGill, he was a Professor of Biochemistry at the Free University of Berlin and Head of the Department of Biochemistry. Dr. Multhaup studied Biology at the University of Cologne (Germany), where he graduated with a Diploma degree (1984) and received his PhD at the Institute for Genetics from the University of Cologne (1986). In 1986, he moved to the University of Perth, Australia, to conduct research in the laboratory of Prof. Dr. Colin L. Masters, M.D., Dep. of Pathology. His first academic appointment was at the University of Heidelberg, Center for Molecular Biology (ZMBH). Dr. Multhaup’s background consists of cellular and molecular biochemistry, neurobiology, biochemical pharmacology, targeted proteomics, and redox biology. His research interests aim at understanding the molecular, cellular and systemic mechanisms of degenerative nervous system disorders to yield knowledge relevant for the understanding, prevention, and treatment of acute and chronic neurological and psychiatric disorders. Beyond a direct focus on diseases, his group has an expertise in highly sophisticated methods that are used to investigate novel drug based therapeutic interventions, signal transduction pathways and receptor structure-function relationships.
Adrian H. Murray

Postdoctoral Fellow, Product Research – LANXESS Butyl Rubber R&D

Research Interests: Materials Science, Polymer Chemistry, Organic Chemistry
University/Research Institution in Germany: Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Erlangen
E-Mail: adrianhmurray[at]gmail[dot]com


Adrian Murray grew up in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. In 2007 he completed his undergraduate training at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, where he obtained his bachelor of science with honours in Chemistry. Adrian then moved to Edmonton, Alberta where he began his PhD research program at the University of Alberta. Here he focused on the synthesis and study of conjugated organic materials, particularly graphynes and pentacenes. In 2010, he received a DAAD Graduate Research Scholarship to continue his doctoral studies focused on graphyne with Professor Rik Tykwinski at the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Erlangen. After returning to Canada, Adrian completed his PhD in 2013 and has since started as a postdoctoral fellow working for LANXESS Global R&D Butyl Rubber located in London, Ontario, Canada.

Adrian feels that his DAAD fellowship provided him with a tremendous opportunity and was an extremely rewarding experience, which helped launch his career in science. He would like to encourage young scientists to take advantage of the opportunities the DAAD has to offer. Adrian would be happy to answer any questions you have regarding research (particularly chemistry and materials science) and life in Germany.
Monzur Murshed

Associate Professor, Department of Medicine and Faculty of Dentistry, McGill University

Research Interests: Skeletal Development, bone remodeling, and biomineralization
Universities/Research Institutions in Germany: University of Cologne
E-Mail: mmurshed[at]daad-ambassadors[dot]org


Monzur Murshed is an Associate Professor at McGill University, Montreal, Canada. After completing his MSc in molecular biology from Belgium in 1996, he joined the lab of Drs. Roswitha Nischt and Thomas Krieg at University of Cologne, Germany as a PhD student. During this time he got a full exposure to the techniques of in vivo gene manipulation. His expertise on the generation and analyses of in vivo models helped him to continue his research in one of the leading bone labs in the US, and eventually enabled him to start an independent research career in Canada. Currently, he is studying the mechanism of biomineralization using genetically modified animal models. He feels that his training in Germany broadened his world-view and helped significantly to achieve his career goals. He believes that exchange students/visitors from the Canadian universities can enrich their scientific experience from the stimulating research environment in Germany. Also, such exchanges may foster networking and provide means to promote scientific collaborations. If you have questions concerning research opportunities and sources of funding in Germany please feel free to contact him.
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.
Joe Perry

Associate Professor, Department of History - Georgia State University

Research Interests:modern and contemporary German social and cultural history; celebration and the senses; the mass media and identity
University/Research Institution in Germany: Technische Universität Berlin
E-Mail: jbperry[at]gsu[dot]edu


Joe Perry is currently Associate Professor in the Department of History at Georgia State University; he received his doctorate in history from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne in 2001. His first book Christmas in Germany: A Cultural History (University of North Carolina Press, 2010) explores the various economic, cultural, and political appropriations of Germany’s favorite holiday from about 1800 to the 1970s. He is also co-author of the Western Civilization undergraduate textbook A History of Western Society (Bedford/St. Martin’s, 11th ed. 2013). Perry brings his scholarly interests in the mass media, identity and gender studies, and community building to bear on two current research projects: one, the history of television in the Federal Republic of Germany in the 1950s and 1960s; two, the history of the Berlin Love Parade.

Perry received a DAAD research grant to support his dissertation research in 1994-1995 and DAAD conference funding grants to host two German studies workshops at Georgia State in 2010 and 2011, as well as other grants and awards. He has conducted research in various archives, libraries, and institutes across Germany. If you have questions regarding research opportunities in nineteenth- or twentieth-century cultural and social history and gender studies, in the history of the mass media, in related disciplines, or about possible sources of funding, then please feel free to contact him at Georgia State University.
Alexander G. Ramm

Professor of Mathematics - Kansas State University.

Research Interests: Differential and integral equations; Operator theory, spectral and scattering theory; Ill-posed and inverse problems; Applied mathematics; Theoretical numerical analysis; Image processing and signal estimation; Wave propagation; Theoretical Materials Science
University/Research Institution in Germany: TU Darmstadt
E-Mail: ramm[at]math.ksu[dot]edu


A.G.Ramm was Mercator Prof. at the Darmstadt Univ. in 2007, and has undertaken numerous research visits to Germany over the last 25 years.
A.G.Ramm is an author of more than 600 research papers, 13 research monographs, and an editor of several books. He is on the editorial boards of several Journals.
Julian Reyes

PhD Candidate, Civil and Environmental Engineering – Washington State University

Research Interests: Eco-hydrologic modeling in rangelands; science and policy
Universities/Research Institutions in Germany: Department of Water, Waste, and the Environment - University of Kassel, Institute of Crop Science and Resource Conservation - University of Bonn
E-Mail: jreyes[at]daad-ambassadors[dot]org


Julian Reyes is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Washington State University (WSU). During his undergraduate studies, Julian received a DAAD Research in Science and Engineering (RISE) scholarship to conduct research at the University of Kassel. He worked with graduate students in the Department of Water, Waste, and the Environment on efficient recycling systems using radio-frequency identification tags. He received his B.S. in Civil Engineering in 2010 from WSU. Shortly thereafter, Julian began his PhD studies at WSU and received a Fulbright Scholarship to conduct research at the University of Bonn with the Crop Science Research Group. He is currently part of a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded graduate program that emphasizes interdisciplinary research and provides experiential learning at the science-policy interface. Julian was a research fellow at the U.S. Global Change Research Program during the summer of 2014 working with the National Climate Indicators System. His dissertation research involves computational modeling of ecology and hydrology in rangeland ecosystems and understanding their response under changing climate and management. Julian has made an effort to become a more globally-aware citizen and collaborate with scientists across disciplines and the world. He is serving as a DAAD research ambassador to encourage both undergraduates and graduates to gain research experience, while also exploring and learning about other cultures. Additionally, Julian is strong committed to helping students find external funding opportunities (e.g. scholarships, fellowships), as well as provide advice and support through the application process. Feel free to contact him about both international (e.g. DAAD) and national (e.g. NSF) opportunities.
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]daad.org


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.
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.
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]daad.org


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.
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]daad.org


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.
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.
Heide Schatten

Professor, Department of Veterinary Pathobiology, University of Missouri

Research Interests: Cell and Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Cancer Biology, Reproductive Biology, Developmental Biology, Space Biology, Stem Cell Biology
University/Research Institution in Germany: Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg; German Cancer Research Center, DAAD- Visiting Scientist at the Department of Anaesthesiology, Humboldt University in Berlin.
E-Mail: hschatten[at]daad-ambassadors[dot]org


Heide Schatten received her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Heidelberg (Ruprecht-Karls-University), Germany. Her studies included cell and molecular biology of cytoskeletal regulation and cytoskeletal dysfunctions in cancer cells that she performed at the German Cancer Research Center. She performed predoctoral and postdoctoral studies at the University of California in Berkeley working on the mechanisms of cell division and centrosome dynamics in reproductive cell systems. She pursued these studies and others in subsequent collaborations with colleagues in the USA, Europe, China, and Latin America. Her studies also included collaborations with NASA scientists and experiments aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour to examine the effects of spaceflight on cytoskeletal organization during development. Her areas of specialization spans cell cycle, cytoskeleton, centrosomes, microtubules, mitochondria, high resolution imaging, cell and molecular biology, cancer biology, reproductive biology, developmental biology and space biology which earned her positions and awards to engage in work at the University of California-Berkeley, Florida State University, Marine Biological Laboratories in Woods Hole, Hopkins Marine Station in Pacific Grove, University of Alabama in Birmingham, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, frequent visits at the German Cancer Research Center and an important DAAD award as a visiting scientist at the Department of Anaesthesiology, Humboldt University in Berlin. She further engaged in research and teaching activities at Universities and Research Institutions in other countries and taught cell and developmental biology as UNESCO-ICRO guest professor in Palermo (Italy); she was a visiting scientist and instructor at the Centro de Investigacion DELIPN in Mexico City (Mexico) and is currently entertaining collaborations and interactions with scientists in Canada, China, Europe, and Latin America. She joined the faculty of the University of Missouri in 1996 where her research continues to be centered on cytoskeletal regulation with focus on microtubules and centrosomes during cell cycle progression in somatic and reproductive cells and on cytoskeletal abnormalities in cells affected by disease. Several cell systems are used for these studies and include reproductive cells of mammalian species, breast and prostate cancer cells, as well as an animal model of prostate cancer. She has published over 210 papers, 13 book chapters and edited several special topics journal issues and 9 books with several more in progress. She is a member of the American Society for Cell Biology, American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Microscopy Society of America. She also holds a degree in music from the School of Music in Heidelberg, Germany, and plays regularly in several orchestras and chamber music ensembles.
Joerg Schlatterer

Program Director – National Science Foundation, Washington, D.C.

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]daad.org


Joerg Schlatterer is Program Director at NSF. He was the Assistant Dean of Faculty Professional Development at Columbia University Medical Center before his current position. 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.
Raphael Schneider

Resident – University of Toronto - Neurology

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


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

Visiting Assistant Professor –Department of Germanic Languages and Literature, Duke University

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


Elizabeth Schreiber-Byers is Visiting Assistant Professor at the Department of Germanic Languages and Literature at Duke University. Elizabeth completed her dissertation 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 and obtained her Ph.D. at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 2013. 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.
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]daad.org


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).
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]daad.org


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.
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]daad.org


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.
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]daad.org


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).
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]daad.org


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.
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]daad.org


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 www.ecu.edu/german.
William R. Stanley

Distinguished Professor Emeritus - University of South Carolina, Columbia

Research Interests:Political and economic transformations in Developing Countries
University/Research Institution in Germany: Justus Liebig Universitaet Giessen, University of Marburg
E-Mail: stanleyb[at]mailbox.sc[dot]edu


William Stanley first undertook field investigation in Africa and SW Asia in 1964 and has been back yearly through 2013. He earned his Ph.D. in geography from the University of Pittsburgh in 1966, a study derived from fieldwork in Liberia and Sierra Leone. Considerable time has been spent in German-speaking Europe in a variety of roles-- three Alexander v. Humboldt awards for research at universities in Giessen and Leipzig and the German Overseas Institute in Hamburg; his 1982-83 sabbatical in was in Vienna as Visiting Professor in the School of Economics. He received two short term DAAD awards for summer investigations in Germany and served one year as academic coordinator in South Carolina for candidates seeking an Alexander v. Humboldt Fellowship for study in Germany.

Expertise pertaining to various environments in developing countries resulted in contract work for GTZ on a planning and development atlas of Liberia; a study on a proposed bridge site across the river boundary between Sierra Leone and Liberia for the African Development Bank; a specialized Gambia map for the Kuwait Fund and development oriented maps for various ministries in Liberia. He was a Fulbright Research Professor in Namibia and earlier served as an official election monitor during Southwest Africa’s transition to Namibia (1989). He traveled to the Falkland Islands to peruse the political ‘climate’ following the UK-Argentina conflict (1983). Several months in 1984 were in Saudi Arabia preparing a development atlas for the Saudi Ministry of Finance. Most recently (April-May, 2013) he was in Syria as a member of a 14 person Mussalaha Peace and Reconciliation Mission to that country, via Lebanon. Widespread fieldwork leading to scholarly publications together with lengthy exposure living in several settings in Germany have provided the cross-cultural and multi-disciplinary background to advise prospective applicants at the University of South Carolina seeking DAAD support.
Glenn Stanley

Professor of Music, University of Connecticut, Storrs

Research Interests: Beethoven, Wagner, German music and musical life 18th-21 centuries, historiography, reception history
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.
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.
Toshiko Takenaka

Professor of Law – University of Washington School of Law

Research Interests: Comparative law, intellectual property law
University/Research Institution in Germany: Karl Max-Planck-Institut für Innovation und Wettbewerb
E-Mail: ttakenaka[at]daad-ambassadors[dot]org


Professor Takenaka, a Washington Research Foundation Simpson Professor of Law, joined the UW law school faculty in 1993 and teaches Patent Law, Advanced Patent Law, Advanced Trademark Law, and Transnational IP Law and Practice. She is the Director of Center for Advanced Study and Research on Intellectual Property (CASRIP); a research and policy development institute focusing on problems in patents and other property ownership rights in high technology. She runs annual patent seminars in Europe and Asia with IP Tribunal at Supreme Court of China, IP research centers and LL.M. programs at top law schools. After receiving a Bachelor of Law degree from Seikei University, Tokyo, Professor Takenaka pursued a successful career in patent prosecution and management with Texas Instruments Japan Ltd., where she served as a patent prosecution specialist. In 1986, she passed the Japanese Patent Attorney (Benrishi) Bar and worked as an associate for the Yamasaki Law and Patent Office. Professor Takenaka received her LL.M. in 1990 and her Ph.D. in Comparative Law in 1992 from the UW School of Law. She was a visiting scholar with the Max Planck Institute for Domestic and International Intellectual Property in Munich, Germany, and a visiting professor at Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan and CEIPI, University of Strasbourg, France. She has extensively published in the field of comparative patent law and is a frequent speaker for academic and professional seminars focusing on patent law. She is on the board of editors for JOURNAL OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW AND PRACTICE.
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]daad.org


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.
John R. te Velde

Professor of German, Department of Foreign Languages, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater

Research Interests: the syntax of West Germanic languages; post-war history of Germany
University/Research Institution in Germany: Zentrum für Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft (ZAS), Berlin
E-Mail: john.te_velde[at]okstate[dot]edu


As Professor in the German Section of the Department of FLL at OSU, te Velde teaches the range of courses offered by the program and divides his research time between analyzing the linguistic properties of Germanic languages and researching the history of the Federal Republic of Germany. In 2005 he published a monograph on coordinate structures in German, Dutch and English, using a derivational approach in the generative framework. This study began with research he completed as a Fulbright Senior Scholar at ZAS. His work has been published in numerous journals and edited volumes in the USA and abroad, most recently in Linguistische Berichte based at the Universität Frankfurt. He has also completed research with support from the Goethe-Institut on the status of asylum seekers in Germany. His doctoral research on theoretical syntax at the Universität Tübingen was supported by the Fulbright program. His latest research on the history of the Federal Republic, begun in Berlin at the Goethe-Institut, will culminate with a textbook for advanced undergraduates, written in collaboration with Dr. Benno Fischer, Berlin. He is married to Rebecca Groom te Velde who received a DAAD grant for master’s degree research at the Musikhochschule Köln. Both he and his wife, who concertizes in Germany, are strong supporters of study and research in Germany. For the past seven years he has been active on the OSU campus promoting the Fulbright and DAAD programs and assisting students who are applying for grants.
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.
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.
Jonathan Veinot

Professor, Department of Chemistry – University of Alberta

Research Interests: Materials Chemistry, Nanomaterials, Hybrid Functional Materials
University/Research Institution in Germany: Technische Universitaet Muenchen
E-Mail: jveinot[at]ualberta[dot]ca


Dr. Veinot joined the Department of Chemistry at the University of Alberta in 2002 after having received his Ph.D. at York University (Toronto) and performing post-doctoral studies as an NSERC PDF at Northwestern University (Evanston, Il.). He was appointed as a Fellow of the National Institute of Nanotechnology in 2012. He now supervises a diverse group of 15 interdisciplinary researchers and is a co-author on no fewer than 75 peer-reviewed publications and 16 international patents. A major component of his research program focuses on developing methods for preparing non-toxic Group 14 (e.g., Si and Ge) and metal (e.g., Au, Ag, alloys) nanomaterials while establishing a fundamental understanding of their unique optical and chemical properties. Some of the most recent activities of his research group are part of multinational cross-disciplinary efforts that aim to evaluate the biological and environmental impact of nanomaterials; as part of these studies the Veinot Team is establishing methods for detecting nanomaterials in complex matrices. Dr. Veinot also spent a year at the Technical University of Munich as a Visiting Research Professor where he built strong collaborations with researchers there and as a direct result his research is now pushing out into the burgeoning area of hybrid functional materials with applications in solar cells, batteries and fabrics. This year Dr. Veinot will welcome four research interns from Ludwig Maximilian University and the technical University of Munich into his research team. Dr. Veinot’s research program has garnered longstanding international collaborations with industry, government labs and academic researchers. Materials prepared by his research group have been implemented or are being evaluated in a variety of environmental, optical/photonic, and therapeutic applications. His research group is also actively exploring novel synthetic methods that afford functional organic electronic materials from renewable plant-based carbon feedstocks. For his efforts Dr. Veinot was recently awarded the University of Alberta, Faculty of Science Research Award, the NSERC Discovery Accelerator Award, and the University of Alberta Provost Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching.
Willem Vermaas

Foundation Professor - School of Life Sciences and Center for Bioenergy and Photosynthesis, Arizona State University

Research Interests:Microbiology, Photosynthesis, Biofuels
University/Research Institution in Germany: Technische Universitaet Berlin, Ruhr Universitaet Bochum
E-Mail: wim[at]asu[dot]edu


Wim Vermaas did part of his doctoral research at the Max-Volmer-Institut at the Technische Universitaet Berlin, with DAAD support, and later worked at the Ruhr Universitaet Bochum (Biochemie der Pflanzen) with support from the Alexander-von-Humboldt Foundation. His current research interests focus on the molecular biology and cell physiology of photosynthetic prokaryotes. The Vermaas team has developed strains of cyanobacteria that can produce and secrete products for use as renewable raw materials for the biofuels and chemical industries. The organisms essentially become biocatalysts (mini-factories), producing and secreting feedstocks for harvest without themselves being consumed, much like a cow giving milk. Dr. Vermaas is Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and Director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) supported Integrative Graduate Education and Research Training Solar Utilization Network (IGERT-SUN) program, continuing his contributions to interdisciplinary education with an international component.
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)
E-Mail: gnindl@iupui.edu


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.
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.
Angela Wandinger-Ness

Professor, Department of Pathology – University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center

Research Interests: Ras-related GTPases as the hubs integrating cellular function and disease pathology
University/Research Institution in Germany: Max-Planck Institutes for (Molecular Physiology, Dortmund; Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, Dresden; Developmental Biology, Tübingen) Universities (Humboldt University of Berlin; Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München; TU Dortmund; TU Dresden; TU München)
E-Mail: wness[at]unm[dot]edu



Professor Angela Wandinger-Ness leads an international research team at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center dissecting the mechanisms of human disease. Molecular switches known as GTPases are at the core of all research projects, ranging from investigations of inherited kidney disease to ovarian cancer. Wandinger-Ness and her coworkers have identified novel compounds and repurposed known drugs for targeting GTPases some of which are in clinical trials. Wandinger-Ness is an internationally recognized expert in her field; holding awards for both teaching and research and an extensive publication record. Wandinger-Ness is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a longstanding member of the American Society for Cell Biology, among other professional societies. She has received numerous awards, including a Creative Award and Women in Technology Award for her awarded patents and entrepreneurship. Wandinger-Ness has both a personal and global view of the importance of promoting international collaboration based on growing up bilingual, and first generation American, and having experiences in conducting research both in the US and Germany. Most recently she worked at the Max Planck Institute in Dortmund, supported by a DAAD Visiting Professorship award to collaborate with Director Roger Goody. This work remains an active collaboration and area of investigation. She has held research grants from NATO, as well as numerous private and federal agencies (NSF, NIH, DOD) in the US. Wandinger-Ness has had the privilege of training a cadre of students and staff hailing from across the US, Asia, Africa and Europe. Diversity of culture, opinions, and backgrounds enrich and fuel scientific discovery. Wandinger-Ness has personal connections to colleagues at three Max-Planck Institutes and multiple German Universities. She also has colleagues and collaborators in Europe, Canada and Australia. Thus, Wandinger-Ness is well connected to a global research community and has an entrepreneurial spirit and strong communication skills that propel her to serve as a DAAD research Ambassador.
Alina Dana Weber

Assistant Professor of German, Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics – The Florida State University

Research Interests: Cultural transfers, cultural representation in German literature, theatre, and film; German Romanticism and Realism; folklore in performance, literature, and film
University/Research Institution in Germany: Freie Universität Berlin
E-Mail: aweber[at]fsu[dot]edu


Dana Weber is an Assistant Professor in the German Program at Florida State University. Her interdisciplinary monograph (in progress) tentatively entitled “Blood-Brothers and Peace-Pipes. Transcultural Negotiation of Difference in German Wild West Festivals” is based on her doctoral thesis and investigates the iconography, performance features, and cultural significance of German Wild West festivals as the result of historical and medial cross-cultural trends and transfers. Her published articles explore folklore as a media phenomenon, the transcultural features of German Wild West festivals, their performance form in relation to Richard Wagner’s Bayreuth theatre, and the iconography of German theatrical representations of Native Americans. Weber obtained her PhD degree in Germanic Studies and Folklore Studies at Indiana University Bloomington. A ten-month Berlin Exchange Fellowship at the Institute for Theatre Studies, Freie Universität Berlin, enabled her to conduct theoretical and ethnographic research for her dissertation in 2007-2008. The subsequent participation in a DAAD faculty summer seminar at the University of Chicago expanded her background in German performance and theatre studies. A native of Romania, Weber holds a Master of Studies degree from Oxford University. Already as an undergraduate student, her interest in German culture and literature was supported by two DAAD semester exchange scholarships at the Humboldt University, Berlin, and the Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich.
Jens H. Weber

Professor, Department of Computer Science – University of Victoria, Canada

Research Interests: Software Engineering, Information Systems, Medical Informatics
University/Research Institution in Germany: University of Paderborn
E-Mail: jweber[at]daad-ambassadors[dot]org


Jens Weber is a Professor in the Faculty of Engineering, at the University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. He has an Adjunct Faculty appointment in the University’s School of Health Information Science and is an Affiliate Professor at the University of British Columbia, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Family Practice. He is licensed as a practicing Professional Engineer (P.Eng.) in the province of British Columbia, Canada. Dr. Weber received his Ph.D. degree (summa cum laude) in Computer Science from the University of Paderborn, Germany (1999) and an M.Sc. degree in Software Engineering from the University of Dortmund, Germany (1994). He received the Ernst-Denert Award for Software Engineering in 2000 (German Informatics Society – Gesellschaft für Informatik). Dr. Weber has been an Industrial Research Fellow of the B.C. Innovation Council (formerly Advanced Systems Institute) since 2001. He is a Fellow if the IBM Centre of Advanced Studies, a senior member of the IEEE Computer Society, a senior member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and a member of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA). Dr. Weber’s research interests include security and privacy, data & knowledge engineering, quality assurance, certification and reengineering of software, with specific focus in biomedical applications and health information systems. Dr. Weber has been active in promoting training and research opportunities in Germany for Canadian students. He is serving as a DAAD research ambassador and would like to encourage Canadian students to participate in the DAAD program. If you have questions concerning research opportunities and sources of funding in Germany please feel free to contact him.
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.
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]daad.org


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.
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]daad.org


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.
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]daad.org


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 http://htasthoughts.blogspot.com.