I am a historian of science, food, and eocnomic life. My research examines the emergence of nutritional consumer products and their role in shaping the production of nutritional knowledge. I am currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Culinaria Research Centre of the University of Toronto.
Before coming to Toronto, I received a PhD in history of science from the Department of the History of Science at Harvard University, and an MA in history of medicine from the Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at University College London. I hold an MD degree from the University of Witten-Herdecke, Germany, and worked as a resident dermatologist at Helios Klinikum Wuppertal, Germany.
My scholarship is informed by a keen interest in communicating history to a broader public. I co-curated history of medicine-themed exhibitions at the Museum of Public Health, Tewksbury, MA, and at the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments at Harvard University, including the prizewinning exhibition Body of Knowledge in 2014. Together with Kate Womersley, I founded and co-edit Remedia, a collaborative blog project making high-quality scholarship accessible to a wider audience.
My research has been supported, among others, by a Graduate Student Fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and a Haas Dissertation Fellowship at the Science History Institute (formerly the Chemical Heritage Foundation).