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She fights diabetes with data

From Cambridge to Berlin – since 2020 Claudia Langenberg has been strengthening health research in the capital as professor of computational medicine at the Berlin Institute of Health at Charité. The genetic epidemiology expert and public health specialist investigates the molecular mechanisms of metabolic diseases such as type 2 diabetes using big data obtained from international patient and population studies.

Langenberg studied medicine in Munster, and after finishing clinical training in Germany she moved to the United Kingdom and the United States to obtain her master’s and PhD in epidemiology. In 2016 she completed specialist training in public health and the following year was appointed program leader at the MRC’s Epidemiology Unit at the University of Cambridge, where she had previously played a key role in discovering the genetic basis of metabolic diseases. Since then her team has uncovered genetic influences on thousands of molecules in the blood, using this knowledge to better understand human disease. In 2018 she received the Helmholtz International Fellow Award.


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