For the past three years I have been a research fellow at The Martin Buber Society of Fellows in the Humanities and Social Sciences at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In 2020 I will begin a position as a Senior Lecturer (Assistant Professor) at the Department of Classics. In autumn 2020 I will begin the five-year project “Anatomy in Ancient Greece and Rome: An Interactive Visual and Textual Atlas” (ATLOMY) funded by an ERC-Starting Grant. I completed my PhD in Classics at The Humboldt University of Berlin (2014). I stayed in Berlin for three more years as a postdoctoral fellow at Topoi Excllence Cluster, in the group “Mapping Body and Soul”. Prior to my time in Berlin I studied at Tel-Aviv University (BA in Classics and History; MA in Classics).
My work explores Greco-Roman medicine, natural philosophy, biology and scientific method. My focus is anatomy, physiology and diagnostics and the relation between these parts of medical theory and practice. I am intrigued by how people explored and interpreted nature, in particularly the living body, its structure and its workings. Alongside questions concerning ancient ideas of the structure and workings of the body and mind, I consider how theory, empirical research and clinical practice fed into one another so as to generate different models of human anatomy and physiology and different methods for examining and interpreting the physical and mental condition of individual patients. Additionally, my work addresses methodological problems arising from the fragmentary nature of our sources, the scarcity of material evidence, the dangers of anachronism and the disciplinary and conceptual gaps between historians of medicine and the physicians whom we study.