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Monika Asmuss

Monika Asmuss studied biology at the University of Bremen, became interested in cell and molecular biology, particularly in DNA repair, and worked on the influence of toxic metal ions on the function of zinc-finger proteins involved in DNA-repair at the University of Bremen and at the University of Karlsruhe. After obtaining her PhD she joined in 2000 the German Federal Office for Radiation Protection. At first she studied the combined effects of gamma radiation and arsenite on the proteome of human TK6 cells until she switched to the field of non-ionizing radiation. Since 2003 she is involved in the identification of research needs and in the supervision of research projects concerning possible health relevant effects of non-ionizing radiation, e.g. during the German Mobile Telecommunication Research Programme. Since 2013 she is a member of the working group “Optical Radiation”. Her activities includes surveying and assessing scientific literature as well as developing and supervising research projects. From 2010 to 2014 she took part in the development of the medical guideline “Prevention of Skin Cancer” and contributed in particular to the working group “Primary Prevention”. Currently she focuses on optical radiation increasingly used for cosmetic purposes such as epilation, tattoo removal and skin rejuvenation. She was elected to serve on the main Commission in 2016.

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