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Dr. Marike Kolossa-Gehring, received her state exam in Biology in 1986 and Ph.D. based on a toxicological thesis in 1991 from the University of Kiel. During all her working life she was engaged in the field of toxicology and protection of health and the environment. She joined the German Environment Agency in 1992 where she worked as a scientist in the sections environmental impacts on human health, general and international affairs of environmental chemicals and toxicology. In 2002 she became head of the section responsible for environmental risk assessment and regulation of pharmaceuticals, washing- and cleansing agents. Since 2004 she is heading the section “toxicology, health related environmental monitoring” where she is responsible for the German Environmental Survey and the German Specimen Bank which build the basis for the German system for health-related environmental monitoring. In 2010 she took over the management for a German initiative to support human biomonitoring which is a co-operation project between the German Chemical Industry Association and the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety. She was member and work package leader of the finalized EU-project Expert team to Support BIOmonitoring (ESBIO), a consortium preparing a concept for biomonitoring in Europe and DEMOCOPHES and COPHES, the Consortium to Perform Human Biomonitoring on a European Scale preparing a human biomonitoring study for Europe. From to 2006 to 2010 she was vize-chair and chair, respectively, of the OECD Endocrine Disruptor Testing and Assessment Advisory Board. Since 2011 she is governmental councilor of the International Society of Exposure Science ISES. She is co-ordinator of the European Joint Programme HBM4EU.


Dr. Malgorzata Debiak holds a Diploma in Biology, a Master in Business and Administration and a PhD in Biology from the Johannes Guttenberg University of Mainz. She committed her research career to molecular and regulatory toxicology. For several years she studied molecular mechanisms of genotoxicity, DNA repair and cancerogenesis. She joined German Environment Agency in 2013 as a scientist where she works as a toxicologist and expert for indoor air pollutants. Since then she is involved in projects concerning risk assessment for indoor air toxicology.


Katrin Groth holds a Diploma in Economics and a Master of Science in Statistics. She joined the German Environment Agency as a scientist for the INGER-project in November 2017. She has theoretical and practical knowledge in data handling and data analysis.