I was born in Berlin and initially trained and worked as a Medical Assistant before I decided to switch careers and go to university. In 1999, I began to study English and History at the Freie Universität and the Humboldt Universität in Berlin; in 2002-2003, I spent a year at the History Department at the University of Essex, funded by the Socrates Exchange Programme, and acquired an MA in History. I received my Mag. Artium Degree from the FU in 2005; and in 2006, I became a PhD student at the Centre for the History of Medicine and Disease/Philosophy Department at Durham University, supervised by Prof. Holger Maehle and funded by the Wolfson Research Institute on Queen’s Campus. My PhD thesis (The Human-Animal Boundary: Adding a New Perspective to the Pre-Modern History of the Nervous System, 2011) explored the emerging field of neuroscience by looking at embodiment theories associated with the mind and sensation from antiquity to the eighteenth century, with a special focus on underlying negotiations of the human-animal boundary and the phenomenon of pain.
In 2010, I held a junior lectureship post during the Michaelmas term at Durham University, teaching undergraduate and postgraduate courses for the History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine programme, including History and Theory of Medicine and Biomedical Ethics – Past and Present. In 2012, before my Teaching Fellowship at UCL, I was a Research Associate to the Wellcome Trust-funded project ‘Sex, Ethics and Psychology: The Networks and Cultural Context of the Berlin physician Albert Moll (1862-1939)’.
My current research interests focus on the emergence of new concepts and discoveries in sense physiology in the nineteenth- and twentieth centuries, including the question of animal vs. human models in pain research and the mind-body problem in neuroscience.
Review: Domenico Bertoloni Meli, Mechanism, Experiment, Disease: Marcello Malpighi and Seventeenth-Century Anatomy. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011. BJHS 45: 2 (Special Issue, June 2012), pp. 290-291.
Review: Justin E.H. Smith, Divine Machines: Leibniz and the Sciences of Life. Princeton and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011. BJHS 45 (March 2012), pp. 131-132.
Journal Article: 'Constituting the human via the animal in eighteenth-century experimental neurophysiology: Albrecht von Haller's sensibility trials', Medizinhistorisches Journal 44 (2009), pp. 274-295.
Journal Article: 'Ambivalente Analogien: Die Auslotung der Mensch-Tier-Grenze im neurophysiologischen Experiment des 18. Jahrhunderts', Traverse - Revue d'histoire 15:3 (2008), pp. 17-28.
Review: Michael J. Murray, Nature Red in Tooth and Claw: Theism and the Problem of Animal Suffering, Oxford University Press, 2008. Philosophical Writings 37 (Spring 2008), pp. 54-57.