Dr. Tobias Kretschmer


Dr. nat. med. Tobias Kretschmer


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

Phone: +49 341 6025-2401

Tobias Kretschmer
Photo: Sebastian Wiedling/UFZ

Research Interests

  • Effects of lifestyle and environmental exposure on maternal and perinatal health focusing on immunological and placental aspects
  • Modulation of trophoblast homeostasis and placental function via nutrition and environmental toxicants, e.g. bisphenols and benzophenone-3
  • Influence of environmental chemicals on the immune response and pregnancy after fertility treatment

Curriculum vitae / Scientific career

Since 09/2020

Scientist, Department of Environmental Immunology, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ, Leipzig, Germany

2016 - 2020

PhD, Degree: Dr. nat. med., University of Cologne, Germany. Thesis: “Maternal High Fat Nutrition is Associated with Placental Dysfunction: Insight in Pathophysiology and Potential Mechanisms”

2017 - 2019

Lecturer and practical assistant, Center for Biochemistry, University of Cologne, Germany

2013 - 2015

Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences, Ghent University, Belgium

2014 - 2015

Research Internship, Department of Basic Medical Sciences, Ghent University, Belgium

2010 - 2013

Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences, Maastricht University, The Netherlands

04/2013 - 07/2013

Research Internship at the Polymer Reaction Design Group, Hasselt University, Belgium


Since 09/2019

Member of the International Federation of Placenta Associations (IFPA)


Foundation grant 2019 of the Medical Faculty, University of Cologne, for the project “Veränderungen der fokalen Adhäsionskontakte in der Plazenta bei mütterlichem Übergewicht”

Foundation grant 2017 of the Medical Faculty, University of Cologne, for the project “Proteom-Analyse der plazentaren feto-maternalen Transferzone im übergewichtigen Mausmodell”