Laura Maehlmann is an external doctoral student at the UNU-MERIT and Health Science Research graduate from Maastricht University. During her studies, she focused to acquire deep and comprehensive understandings in research methodologies specialised for health science, including epidemiology, statistic and health technology assessment. Further, she has been working at the Brussel-based European Alliance for for Personalised Medicine (EAPM) and participated in the Dutch National ThinkTank on Big Data and its consequences for the Dutch society.
Her research for UNU-MERIT is focusing on personalised medicine from a public health perspective. In detail, her dissertation is aiming to shed light on (1) the development of societal awareness and ethical argumentations to inform political decision making in the field of personal genomics, (2) the integration of Big Data and ICT in the development of Personalised Medicine, (3) practical applications investigated by the use of an chronic complex disease and (4) the inclusion of lifestyle and its preventive potential when applied in a personalised manner.
She conducted her projects in collaboration with Denis Horgan (EAPM), Prof. Ernst Hafen (ETH Zürich) and Dr. Effy Vayena (University of Zürich); Dr. PD Serge Brand (UPK Basel) and Prof. Dr. Markus Gerber (University of Basel) and is supervised by Prof. Dr. Angela Brand, Director European Centre for Public Health Genomics (ECPHG) MERIT at the Faculty of Humanities and Sciences at Maastricht University.