Daniel Dietrich, Prof. Dr.

Current positions

  • Since 1996:  Chair Human and Environmental Toxicology, University of Konstanz
  • Since 2004:  Professor Max-Planck Institute of Ornithology

Previous research experience

  • 01/1996 – 12/2000:  Adjunct Professor of Toxicology, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh, USA
  • 05/1995 – 12/1995:  Visiting Associate Professor at the University of Pittsburgh, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health and Toxicology, Graduate School of Public Health, Pittsburgh, USA.
  • 08/1991 – 04/1995:  Primary investigator and head of the ecotoxicology group. Institute of Toxicology, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) of Zurich & University of Zurich, Schwerzenbach, Switzerland.
  • 11/1989 – 07/1991:  Post-doctoral fellow. The University of North Carolina, Department of Pathology, Program of Molecular Carcinogenesis and Mutagenesis, Prof J.A. Swenberg, Chapel Hill, NC, USA.
  • 04/1989 – 11/1989:  Post-doctoral fellow. Glaxo Research Laboratories, J.A. Swenberg, Head Drug Safety Evaluation, Glaxo Inc. Research Triangle Park, NC, USA.
  • 10/1988 – 03/1989:  Research associate at the Institute of Toxicology, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, Switzerland.

Institutional responsibilities

  • Since 09/2018:
  • Dean of Studies Faculty of Biology, University of Konstanz
  • Head Board of Examinations, Faculty of Biology
  • Voting member: Section Mathematics and Natural Sciences Advisory Board, Faculty of Biology Advisory Board
  • Since 2016:  Vice-Chair Continuing Education Program, Director & Coordinator SafeSciMET
  • Since 2008:  Rector appointed representative: International Relationships (Erasmus, Researcher Mobility, Cooperation with other Universities incl. joint degrees), Investment Technology and Safety, Animal Research Facility
  • 08/ 2005 - 11/ 2006:  Adjunct judge, recourse commission, Swiss high court of administration/court of mediation and appellation, Bern, Switzerland
  • Since 01/ 2002:  Consultant toxicologist for SwissMedic (Registration Authority for Pharmaceuticals in Switzerland)

Professional Merits

  • Since 2001:  Fellow of the Academy of Toxicological Sciences (FATS)
  • Since 1996:  German Board of Toxicologists (GSPT)
  • Since 1988:  Swiss Board of Toxicologists (SSPT)
  • Since 1988:  EUROTOX Registered Toxicologist

Recent Pubications

  1. Barile, F.A., Berry, C., Blaauboer, B., Boobis, A., Bolt, H., Borgert, C.J., Dekant, W., Dietrich, D.R., Domingo, G.B., Greim, H., Hengstler, J., Kacew, S., Marquardt, H., Pelkonen, O., Saivolainen, K., Heslop-Harrison, P., Tsatsakis, A., and Vermeulen, N.P. (2020): Critique of the “Comment” etitled “Pyrethroid exposure: Not so harmless after all” by Demeneix et al. (2020) published in the lancet diabetes endocrinology. Tox. Lett https://doi.org/10.1016/j.toxlet.2020.12.020
  2. Monteleone, A., Wenzel, F., Langhals, H., and Dietrich D.R. (2020): New Application for the Identification and Differentiation of Microplastics based on Fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy (FLIM). Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering10.1016/j.jece.2020.104769
  3. Weisbrod B, Wood SA, Steiner K, Whyte-Wilding R, Puddick J, Laroche O, Dietrich DR. Is a Central Sediment Sample Sufficient? Exploring Spatial and Temporal Microbial Diversity in a Small Lake. Toxins (Basel). 2020 Sep 9;12(9):580. doi: 10.3390/toxins12090580. PMID: 32916957; PMCID: PMC7551157.
  4. Altaner, S., Jaeger, S., Fotler, R., Zemskov, I., Wittmann, V., Schreiber, F., and Dietrich, D.R. (2019): Machine learning prediction of cyanobacterial toxin (microcystin) toxicodynamics in humans. ALTEX, doi: 10.14573/altex.1904031
  5. Secker, P.F., Beneke, S., Schlichenmaier, N., Delp, J., Gutbier, S., Leist, M., and Dietrich, D.R. (2018): Canagliflozin mediated dual inhibition of mitochondrial glutamate dehydrogenase and complex I: an off-target adverse effect. Cell Death and Disease, 9(2):226-238, doi: 10.1038/s41419-018-0273-y
  6. Secker, P.F., Luks, L., Schlichenmaier, N., and Dietrich, D.R. (2018): RPTEC/TERT1 cells form highly differentiated tubules when cultured in a 3D matrix. ALTEX, 35(2):223-234. doi: 10.14573/altex.1710181.
  7. Bond, G.G. and Dietrich D.R. (2017): Human Cost Burden of Exposure to Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals - A Critical Review. Arch. Toxicol., 91(8), 2745-2762. doi: 10.1007/s00204-017-1985-y
  8. Luks, L., Maier, M. Y., Sacchi, S., Pollegioni, L., and Dietrich, D. R. (2017): Understanding renal nuclear protein accumulation: an in vitro approach to explain an in vivo phenomenon. Arch. Toxicol., doi: 10.1007/s00204-017-1970-5.
  9. Dietrich, D.R., Dekant, W., Greim, H., Heslop-Harrison, P., Berry, C. Sir, Boobis, A., Hengstler, J.G., and Sharpe, R. (2016): Don’t mar legislation with pseudoscience. Nature, 535, 355.
  10. Azarkh, M., Singh, V., Okle, O., Seemann, I., Dietrich, D.R., Hartig, J.S., and Drescher, M. (2013): Site directed spin labeling of nucleotides and the use of in-cell DEER: An EPR method for determination of long-range distances. Nature Protocols, 8(1):131-47.