PD Dr. Anne Schumacher


PD Dr. Anne Schumacher

Scientist, Deputy Head of the Department, Head of the Laboratories of the Environmental Immunology in Saxonian Incubator for Clinical Translation (SIKT), Theme Coordinator of Perinatal exposure of chemicals having pregnancy/birth effects and Environmental factor-driven immune dysbalances during pregnancy and Platform Coordinator of In-vivo-Modelle

Helmholtz Centre for
Environmental Research – UFZ
Department of Environmental Immunology
Permoserstr. 15
04318 Leipzig, Germany

Phone: +49 341 6025-2800

PD Dr. Anne Schumacher
Photo: Sebastian Wiedling/UFZ

Research Interests

Our research focuses on hormone-driven changes on the immune system during pregnancy. In particular, we are interested in endocrine effects on adaptive immune cells in healthy and pathological pregnancies. We also aim to investigate disorders of the endocrine system caused by environmental factors that affect the regulation of the immune system during pregnancy and consequently comprise the development of the child.

Curriculum vitae / Scientific career

since August 2020

Scientist, Deputy Head of the Department of Environmetal Immunology at the Helmholtz Centre for Envrionmental Research - UFZ


Habilitation at the Otto von Guericke University, Magdeburg, Germany; Degree: PD Dr. rer. nat. habil. 

2007 - 2011

PhD at the Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany; Degree: Dr. rer. nat. (Summa cum laude)

2000 - 2006

Graduand at the Humboldt University Berlin, Germany; Degree: Diploma of Biology (Final grade: excellent; Diploma thesis: excellent) 

1993 - 2000 

Coubertin Gymnasium, Berlin, Germany


2015, 2016, 2017 and 2019

Travel grant by Otto von Guericke University

2014 and 2018

Travel grant by Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD)


Karin Witte award for female scientists


HEXAL award for junior researchers


Poster award at the “60. DGGG-Kongress” in Munich, Germany

2013 and 2014

Travel grant by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Immunologie (DGfI)


„Schumacher et al, Journal of Immunology“ mentioned as Research Highlight in Nature Reviews Immunology

2008 - 2010

Doctoral fellowship by Otto von Guericke University, Magdeburg, Germany

2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009

Travel grant by GlaxoSmithKline foundation


“Outstanding New Investigator Award” by American Society for Reproductive Immunology


Research fellowship by Charité, Berlin, Germany

2005 and 2007

Travel grant by Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany


since 2018

American Society for Reproductive Immunology

since 2013

The American Association of Immunologists

Deutscher Hochschulverband (DHV) 

since 2007

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Immunologie (DGfI)