Apl. Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Dr. med. Gisela Degen

Head of the Senior Group

Chemical Risks

Phone: +49 / 231 1084 465
Email: degen@ifado.de

Publications in Pubmed

Curriculum Vitae:

  • 1997 apl. Prof. at the Ruhr-University of Bochum (retired in 2016; continues as Senior Fellow Scientist)
  • since 1992 head of the research group "Chemical toxicity" (since 2007 "Chemical risks")
  • 1990 habilitation (Dr. med. habil.) for Biochemical Pharmacology and Toxicology; Priv. Doz. at the University of Würzburg, Germany
  • 1983-1992 research associate at the Institute of Toxicology, Univ. of Würzburg and project leader in Special Center Grant (Sonderforschungsbereich 172)
  • 1979-1983 postdoctoral fellow at the NIEHS, Research Triangle Park, NC/USA
  • 1978 dissertation (Dr. rer. nat.; University of Würzburg, Germany)
  • 1972 state examen completing the academic training in food chemistry (University of Würzburg)

Research topics:

  • biochemical toxicology (bioactivation and detoxication of xenobiotics)
  • genotoxicity of chemicals (mycotoxins, steroids, metals, others)
  • Human biomotoring (Biomarker of Exposure)
  • toxicokinetics and toxicodynamics of hormonally active compounds
  • risk assessment of chemicals
  • Boards and committees:
  • editorial board member (since 2009) of Mycotoxin Research (Springer)
  • vice president (2008-2010) of the Society for Mycotoxin Research (since 2008)
  • member of the Scientific Committee for Consumer Products (SCCP since 2004), now Scientific Committee for Consumer Safety (SCCS), European Commission, Health and Consumer Protection Directorate-General
  • member of the Ausschuss für Gefahrstoffe (AGS) of the BMAS (German Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs)
  • chair of the AK "Grenzwerte und Einstufungen für CM Stoffe" of the UAIII in AGS
  • 2003-2005 member of the International Peer Review Panel for the Uterotrophic Bioassay of the OECD
  • 2000-2003 member of the (German) Risikokommision (gemeinsame ad hoc Kommission von BMG und BMU zur "Neuordnung der Verfahren und Strukturen der Risikobewertung und Standardsetzung im gesundheitlichen Umweltschutz der Bundesrepublik Deutschland")
No supervision of master theses or dissrtations possible any longer.