Research Ambassadors Profiles

Meet our DAAD Research Ambassadors! They are scholars and scientists in North America who have conducted advanced long-term research projects in Germany and are happy to help by sharing their experiences with you and answering any questions your may have. Use the interactive map below to locate a Research Ambassador near you.

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  • Aftab Ahmed

    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

  • Richard S. Ascough

    Richard S. Ascough

    Professor, School of Religion– Queen’s University, Kingston, ON, Canada

    Research Interests: Religious Studies – Origins of Christianity
    University/Research Institution in Germany: Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität in Mϋnster

  • Thomas Baumgarte

    Thomas Baumgarte

    William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Physics, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME, USA

    Research Interests: General Relativity
    University/Research Institution in Germany: Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München; MPI Astrophysik, Garching

  • Jochen Burgtorf

    Jochen Burgtorf

    Professor of History – California State University, Fullerton (CSUF)

    Research Interests: Medieval history
    University/Research Institution in Germany: Pius Stiftung/Akademie der Wissenschaften (AdW) Göttingen; Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf; Monumenta Germaniae Historica, München

  • Markus Chmielus

    Markus Chmielus

    Associate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering Program Director, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science – University of Pittsburgh

    Research Interests: Advanced and Additive Manufacturing of Bulk, Porous, and Thin Films Metals, Carbides, and Multifunctional Magnetic Materials
    University/Research Institution in Germany: University of Stuttgart/Technical University Berlin/Helmholtz Centre Berlin for Materials and Energy

  • Albrecht Classen

    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

  • John F. Corrigan

    John F. Corrigan

    Professor and Chair Department of Chemistry University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada

    Research Interests: Inorganic and Nanomaterials Chemistry
    Universities/Research Institutions in Germany: Karlsruher Institut für Technologie

  • Carol Anne Costabile-Heming

    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

  • Carla Damiano

    Carla Damiano

    Professor of German - Eastern Michigan University

    Research Interests: German Literature - 20th century to present
    University Research Institution in Germany: Walter Kempowski Archiv, Berlin; University of Bielefeld

  • Jonathan Fine

    Jonathan Fine

    Visiting Assistant Professor of German Studies – Brown University

    Research Interests: German literature and intellectual history
    University/Research Institution in Germany: University of Potsdam; FU Berlin

  • Thian Yew Gan

    Thian Yew Gan

    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

  • Heidi Gottfried

    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

  • George Heffernan

    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)

  • Boerge Hemmerling

    Boerge Hemmerling

    Assistant Professor of Physics – University of California, Riverside

    Research Interests: Atomic, molecular and optical physics
    University/Research Institution in Germany: Leibniz University of Hannover; Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt, Braunschweig; University of Heidelberg

  • Matthias Hofferberth

    Matthias Hofferberth

    Assistant Professor, Political Science & Geography – University of Texas at San Antonio, TX, USA

    Research Interests: International relations and globalizationUniversity/Research Institution in Germany: Goethe-University, Frankfurt am Main; Westfällische Wilhelms-Universität, Mϋnster

  • Babak Vajdi Hokmabad

    Babak Vajdi Hokmabad

    Postdoctoral Research Associate – Princeton University

    Research Interests: Active Matter, Soft Matter    
    University/Research Institution in Germany: Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization, Göttingen

  • Kristopher Imbrigotta

    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

  • Ivan Korendovych

    Ivan Korendovych

    Associate Professor, Chemistry – Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY

    Research Interests: Biochemistry, biophysics, protein design and engineering
    University/Research Institution in Germany: University of Marburg; University of Greifswald

  • Ann Lemke

    Ann Lemke

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

    Research Interests: German literature and music, women composers & writers, musicology, Goethe
    University/Research Institution in Germany: Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Karl-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg

  • Alexander Lerch

    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

  • Karsten Lunze

    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

  • Gerhard Multhaup

    Gerhard Multhaup

    Professor and Canada Research Chair (CRC) – Tier 1 Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences 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)

  • Janine Murphy

    Janine Murphy

    Faculty Researcher - College of the North Atlantic

    Research Interests: 19th-century Germany; migration and settler colonialism; reconciliation through education
    University/Research Institution in Germany: Friedrich Schiller University Jena; Justus Liebig University of Giessen; Goethe University Frankfurt; Carl Duisberg Centrum Dortmund

  • John L. Plews

    John L. Plews

    Associate Professor of Modern Languages (German) – Saint Mary’s University

    Research Interests: Second Language Education, Study Abroad for Second Languages
    University/Research Institution in Germany: Canadian Summer School in Germany (Kassel); Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main

  • Christoph Schaal

    Christoph Schaal

    Assistant Professor – California State University, Northridge

    Research Interests: Ultrasonics and applied mechanics
    University/Research Institution in Germany: University of Stuttgart

  • Charlotte Schallie

    Charlotte Schallie

    Professor of Germanic Studies and Chair – University of Victoria

    Research Interests: Post-1945 diasporic and transcultural writing/filmmaking, memory studies, Jewish identity in contemporary cultural discourse; Holocaust studies; genocide and human rights education; arts-based action research
    University/Research Institution in Germany:  Zentrum fuer Antisemitismusforschung (TU Berlin); Stadtmuseum Erlangen

  • Ingo Schlupp

    Ingo Schlupp

    Presidential Professor of Biology CAS, University of Oklahoma

    Research Interests: Evolutionary Ecology of Fishes
    University/Research Institution in Germany: University of Potsdam, Brandenburg

  • Simone Seym

    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

  • Renu Singh

    Renu Singh

    Ph.D. Candidate – Georgetown University

    Research Interests: Political science
    University/Research Institution in Germany: Hertie School of Governance, Berlin; Helmholtz Zentrum, Muenchen; LMU and MPI for Social Law and Social Policy, Muenchen

  • Christa Spreizer

    Christa Spreizer

    Associate Professor – Queens College/CUNY

    Research Interests: German studies
    University/Research Institution in Germany: Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin; Landesarchiv Berlin; Akademie der Künste, Berlin

  • Swen Steinberg

    Swen Steinberg

    Postdoctoral Researcher and Assistant Professor – Queen’s University

    Research Interests: History of knowledge/knowledge and migration/knowledge and young immigrants; environmental knowledge; refugees and borderlands; economic history and corporate cultures 19th/20th century
    University/Research Institution in Germany: Technische Universitaet Dresden

  • Tricia Striano

    Tricia Striano

    Professor, Hunter College  &Tricia Striano Inc. |

    Research Interests: Infant development, neuroscience, design, real estate
    University/Research Institution in Germany: MPI-EVA, Leipzig; MPI-CBS, Leipzig; University of Leipzig, University Osnabrueck

  • Alanna Tierno

    Alanna Tierno

    International Programs Coordinator/Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music History - Shenandoah University

    Research Interests: Musicology
    University/Research Institution in Germany: Universität Augsburg; Herzog August Bibliothek

  • William E. Uspal

    William E. Uspal

    Assistant Professor - University of Hawai’i at Manoa

    Research Interests: Microhydrodynamics, colloids, microswimmers
    University/Research Institution in Germany: Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Stuttgart

  • Brian Van Wyck

    Brian Van Wyck

    Assistant Professor - University of Maryland, Baltimore County

    Research Interests:  German History; Turkish History; Migration History
    University/Research Institution in Germany: Humboldt University, Berlin; Free University, Berlin

  • Jonathan Veinot

    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

  • Gabi N. Waite

    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)

  • David J. Westenberg

    David J. Westenberg

    Associate Professor of Biological Sciences and Chemical and Biochemical Engineering – Missouri University of Science and Technology

    Research Interests: Plant-microbe interactions, antibacterial materials and science education
    University/Research Institution in Germany: Institute for Microbiology, Göttingen, Department of Cell Biology and Applied Botany, Marburg

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