My first degree was in biochemistry at the Freie Universität Berlin. In addition to the compulsory science units, I also took a series of history courses and got interested in the history of science. After graduating, I was fortunate to be offered a job as a research assistant at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California. While there, I audited course modules in the Science Studies Programme at University of California, San Diego. I then enrolled for an MA in History and Social Anthropology of Science, Technology and Medicine at the University of Manchester (supported by a Wellcome Trust Studentship) and in 1999 completed a PhD, also at the University of Manchester, on Weimar Medical Culture: Doctors, Healers and the 'Crisis of Medicine' in Interwar Germany (again supported by a Wellcome Trust Studentship).
Since 1999, I have worked at the Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine, initially as a research fellow and later a lecturer. I have been a frequent visitor, sometimes for longer periods, at the Max Planck Institute for History of Science in Berlin and have collaborated closely with colleagues in continental Europe, the United States and Canada.
Since 2000 I have taught a variety of course units in the history of medicine and the life sciences. I have also taught course units dealing with the historiography of science, technology and medicine for undergraduate and postgraduate students. I am currently coordinating the MSc pathway in Medical Humanities (with Dr Sarah Collins).
In 2015 Dr Elizabeth Toon and I founded the Medical Humanities Laboratory to create a virtual home for interdisciplinary activities around health and medicine.
I am Chair of the Executive Committee of the Society for Social History of Medicine.
Most recent Book: A History of Lung Cancer: The Recalcitrant Disease
Reviewed in: British Journal for the History of Science, Bulletin of the History of Medicine, Isis, Lancet Oncology, Social History of Medicine, Sociology of Health and Illness, Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences