Professor Sabine Gabrysch


Honorary Professor

Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)
P.O. Box 60 12 03
14412 Potsdam

+49 331 288 20841

I trained in medicine at the universities of Tübingen and Heidelberg, Germany, including stays in the U.S. and Argentina. I also did a medical research degree (Dr. med.) in molecular biology at the Institute of Physiology in Tübingen. After completing my training, I was employed as a medical doctor in Sweden for two years, including work in infectious diseases at Uppsala University Hospital. I also spent a short time at a rural hospital in Ethiopia. Moreover, I briefly worked for the GTZ on malaria control in Uganda and Burkina Faso.

I came to the School in 2005 to do an MSc Epidemiology and stayed to do a PhD with Oona Campbell on one of the first Graduate Teaching Assistantships from 2006-2009. My PhD investigated the influence of distance and level of care on health service use for childbirth in Zambia, linking individual and household survey data with health facility census data in a Geographical Information System (GIS).

In October 2009, I moved back to Germany to work as an epidemiologist at the Heidelberg Institute of Global Health (HIGH) at Heidelberg University, heading the Unit of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at HIGH from 2014 to 2019. In June 2019, I was appointed Professor for Climate Change and Health at Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin and Department head at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK). I continue my affiliation with Heidelberg and am also still collaborating with various researchers at the School.


Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health
Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology


Centre for Evaluation
Centre for Maternal Adolescent Reproductive & Child Health (MARCH)
Centre on Climate Change and Planetary Health


During my time at LSHTM I was teaching on the MSc modules Extended Epidemiology, Statistics for Epidemiology and Population Health (STEPH), Statistical Methods in Epidemiology (SME) and Epidemiology & Control of Communicable Diseases (ECCD), furthermore on the Intensive Course in Epidemiology and Medical Statistics (ICEMS) and the Distance Learning MSc Clinical Trials. I am still a tutor on the DL module Basic Statistics for Clinical Trials.

In Heidelberg, I coordinated and taught in the epidemiology/statistics module of the MSc International Health, as well as teaching epidemiology and global health for medical students. I also coordinated the elective subject "Global Health", the "Global Health Track" and the Heidelberg Graduate School of Global Health, all for medical students. In Berlin, I am teaching on global health and planetary health.


I am particularly interested in the period of pregnancy and early life. This includes the influence of distance and quality of care on care-seeking as well as maternal and perinatal mortality, and more recently in-utero impacts and fetal programming. My research focuses on the intersection between agriculture, nutrition and health, in the context of climate change and planetary health. I am leading the Food and Agricultural Approaches to Reducing Malnutrition (FAARM) trial, a cluster-RCT on the impact of a complex homestead food production program on reducing malnutrition of women and young children in rural Bangladesh.

Research Area
Climate change
Complex interventions
Health inequalities
Maternal health
Perinatal health
Social and structural determinants of health
Global Health
Impact evaluation
Randomised controlled trials
Disease and Health Conditions
Diarrhoeal diseases
Burkina Faso
Latin America & Caribbean (all income levels)
South Asia
Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)