PD Dr. med. Elisabeth Eppler is Privatdozentin for Anatomy and Fachanatom Anatomische Gesellschaft. She studied Human Medicine at the Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg and the Technical University of Munich. Subsequently, she worked at the Institute of Pathology and Pathological Anatomy and the Clinic and Policlinic for Radiotherapy and Radiological Oncology, Klinikum rechts der Isar, Technical University of Munich, where she received her license to practice Medicine and graduated as Medical Doctor in colorectal cancer therapy. In 1999, she joined as Assistant the Institute of Anatomy of the University of Zurich and started to perform research on tumor biology, immunotherapy, immune and endocrine systems including diabetes and endocrine tumours. In 2006, she received a personal stipendium of the Swiss National Foundation for a one-year research sabbatical that she spent partly at the CIRAD, (Centre de Coopération Internationale en Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement) in Montpellier, France where she investigated interactions between the growth hormone and the immune system and potential environmental disturbances. In 2007, she achieved her habilitation (Venia Legendi) for Anatomy at the University of Zurich and established her own Research Group Neuro-endocrine-immune interactions where she combines her experience in immunology, endocrinology and tumor biology. In 2010, she was appointed Secretary Treasurer of the European Society for Comparative Endocrinology (ESCE, www.escendo.info), and hosted in August 2012 the 26th Conference of European Comparative Endocrinologists at the University of Zurich (http://www.uzh.ch/news/articles/2012/von-der-entdeckung-der-koerpereigenen-abwehr.html).
PD Dr. med. Eppler contributes to all teaching activities (esp., cross anatomy, neuroanatomy, endocrine and reproduction anatomy, topography, histology, light- and electron microscopy, embryology, problem-based learning) at the Institute of Anatomy of the University of Zurich including supervision of Master- and MD-theses. These activities are complemented by experience in post-graduate clinical education and innovative teaching concepts, e.g. as Unit Coordinator and Tutor in the cross anatomy dissection course during her 2011 stay as Visiting Research Associate at the School of Anatomy and Human Biology of the University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia.