Team and Members
We draw upon a diverse and complementary skillset of individuals with backgrounds in epidemiology, public health, computer science, biostatistics, and economics. Unsolicited applications for PhD positions, BSc/MSc projects and internships are always welcome.
Research Group Leader
Dr. Ralf Krumkamp, MSc:
Ralf Krumkamp studied Public Health and Epidemiology, and holds a DrPH from the University of Bremen. He is working on different infectious disease epidemiological topics, ranging from health system/service assessment, mathematical modelling of disease transmission and control, and analysis of observational data using modern epidemiological methods. Ralf Krumkamp is involved in various research projects, responsible for study planning, data analysis and data visualisation.
Eva Lorenz, Dipl.-Inform. med., PhD:
Eva Lorenz has a background in Medical Informatics and holds a PhD in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from the University of Heidelberg. Focus areas of her research are clustered designs, diagnostic test accuracy in absence of a perfect reference with prior experience in the development of statistical methods for model building focussing on exposure variables with excess zeros. She is author and maintainer of the Stata command ccrand, a covariate-constrained randomization routine for achieving baseline balance in cluster-randomized trials.
Solomon Wafula, MPH, MSc Epidemiology:
Solomon Wafula is a Ugandan PhD student in the department. He holds an MPH from the University of Manchester, a MSc Epidemiology degree from the University of Antwerp and a BSc in Environmental Health sciences from Makerere University. He also works as a research associate in the Department of Disease Control and Environmental Health at Makerere University, School of Public Health. His work focuses on investigating associations between environmental and socioeconomic inequalities and risk of Malaria and Neglected tropical diseases (Tungiasis, onchocerciasis and snakebite envenoming).
Lydia Rautman, MPH:
Lydia Rautman is an American PhD student with an MPH from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Her research background is in Public Health and infectious disease epidemiology with a focus on pulmonary tuberculosis. Her doctoral work focuses on the treatment of childhood febrile diseases in the context of malaria in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Lena Merkel MA History of Global Markets, MSc Development Economics:
Lena is pursuing her PhD in the interdisciplinary Leibniz research alliance INFECTIONS. Her research interest lies primarily in the topics of antimicrobial resistance, health-seeking behavior, and pharmaceutical markets. She uses a range of methods in her research including randomized controlled trials, lab-in-field experiments, and cross-country analysis.