Curriculum Vitae                  

Mirjam Yvonne Münch

Born on February 25, 1963 in Schaffhausen, Switzerland. Married

Language skills: German native speaker, fluent in english and french


Present Post:


- Privat Docent and Research Associate, Charité University Medicine,

  Institute of Physiology, Berlin, Germany


- Head of section Light and Health’, Group Sleep Research & Clinical

  Chronobiology (PD Dr. D. Kunz), Institute of Physiology


- Research Associate, Clinic for Sleep and Chronomedicine, St. Hedwig

  Hospital, Berlin, Germany


New Position, starting November 1st 2018:


- Associate Research Professor, Sleep / Wake Research Centre, Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand



2015:  Habilitation (venia legendi; facultas docendi; privat docent), Charité University Medicine Berlin, Institute of Physiology. Thesis: ‘Chronobiological aspects of non-visual light effects in humans‘ (in German)


2002-2006:  PhD (Neurobiology; summa cum laude), University of Basel, Centre for Chronobiology, Basel,

Switzerland. Doctoral Thesis: ‘Circadian and homeostatic sleep regulation in humans: influence of age and

monochromatic light‘


1998-2002:  MSc (Anthropology, Anatomy; final mark: 6/6), University of Zürich, Switzerland. Master Thesis:

‘Generic hybrids in callitrichids Cebuelle pygmaea x Callithrix jacchus: a mosaic study‘


1996-1998:  BS (Biology), Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, Switzerland


                                                                Professional Experience:


2014-2015:  Educational courses for teachers (30h), Charité University Medicine Berlin & School of Health,

Berlin, Germany


2009-2013:  Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Laboratory for Solar Energy and Building Physics, Swiss Federal

Institute of Technology Lausanne, Switzerland; director: Prof. Dr. Jean-Louis Scartezzini, PhD


2006-2008:  Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Division of Sleep Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston, 

USA; mentor: Prof. Dr. J.F. Duffy, MBA, PhD


2006-2008:  Training program Sleep, Circadian and Respiratory Neurobiology, Harvard Medical School,

Boston, USA; director: Prof. Dr. C.A. Czeisler, MD, PhD


2007:  Summer Course on functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA;

directed by Prof. Dr. J. Jonides, PhD


2002-2006:  Doctoral program in Neuroscience, University of Basel, Switzerland (Supervisors: Prof. Dr. C.

Cajochen, PhD & Prof. Dr. A. Wirz-Justice PhD)


2002-2006:  Research assistant at the Centre for Chronobiology; University Psychiatric Clinics, Basel,



2002-2006:  Doctoral training in the Upper Rhine Network for Neuroscience (NEUREX)


2/2001:  Short-term visit at the Institute of Human Genetics, Ludwig-Maximilians-University München (PD. Dr.

M. Müller & Dr. M. Neusser), Munich, Germany


2001:  Research assistant, Institute of Anthropology, University of Zurich, Switzerland


                                                 Other Professional Positions/Education: 


1987-2000:      Registered Nurse, Dept. of Medicine, University Hospital Zürich, Switzerland

1992-1996:      College for adults (AKAD), Zürich, Switzerland

1992-1994:      Deputy Ward Nurse, University Hospital Zürich, Switzerland

1984-1987:      Diploma in General Nursing (AKP), Chur, Switzerland


2013-present:  Teaching courses for medical students (1th-6th year), Charité University Medicine Berlin, Institut of Physiology (2013-present >200 teaching units)
2015:  European student day, Charité Unversity Medicine Berlin (workshop)
2014:  Workshop for PhD research students; „LumeNet“, Technical University Berlin, Germany
2010-2012:  Teaching lectures at the Bachelor course: ‘Sleep and circadian rhythms’ (organised by Prof. Dr. P.

Franken), University of Lausanne, Switzerland


2009-2011:  Teaching course at the Doctoral School for Neuroscience, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology

Lausanne, Switzerland


2008:  Sleep scoring course at the Division of Sleep Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA




2017-present:  Co-advising PhD Thesis EPFL, Switzerland

2014-present:  Co-advising two post-docs, Charité University Medicine Berlin, Germany

2014-present:  Co-advising one PhD student, Medical Program in Neuroscience, Charité University Medicine

Berlin, Germany




2017:  Advising cours work one medical student, Charité University Medicine Berlin, Germany

2013-2017:  Advising of practical work and reports of total eight undergraduate students and two research

assistants at the Clinic for Sleep- & Chronomedicin, Berlin, Germany

2014-2017:  Co-advising one MD student, Charité University Medicine Berlin, Germany

2015-2017:  External co-adviser of one MD student, University of Lausanne, Switzerland

2015:  Co-advising one Master thesis, FU Berlin, Germany

2012-2015:  Co-advising one external PhD student, University of Prague, Czech Republic

2010-2014:  Co-advising one PhD thesis, EPFL, Switzerland (Thesis 6007)

2009-2013:  Advising of two undergraduate students and two research assistants, EPFL, Switzerland

2006-2008:  Co-advising of 3-5 undergraduate students, Division of Sleep Medicine, Chronobiology Core,

Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA


                                                         Consultant/external adviser:


2015-2016:  External co-adviser: Dr. C. Hoffmann; Applied University of Northwestern Switzerland, Project:

Nicht-visuell wirksame Beleuchtung, Vergleich von 5 Leuchten (report in German; fundet by the Age-

Foundation Switzerland)


2016:  Care home for elderly and demented patients ‘Marthastift’, Basel, Switzerland, expertise with dynamic

lighting installation, together with Prof. Dr. A. Wirz-Justice



                                                            Grants & Fellowships: 




2014-2018:  German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF): ’Optimierte Lichtsysteme zur

Verbesserung von Leistungsfähigkeit und Gesundheit’, sub-projects Charité University Medicine Berlin (PI:

Prof. Dr. A. Kramer); Intellux GmbH (PI: PD Dr. D. Kunz); role: co-investigator


2015-2017:  German aerospace center (DLR); ‘Long-term daylight deprivation during the Antarctic winter: 

impact on sensitivity changes in the eye and circadian sleep-wake rhythms’; performed by the European

Space Agency (ESA) & British Antarctic Survey (BAS); role: principal investigator (PI)





2015-2017:  Open Eye Foundation, Switzerland: ’Seasonal variations in the pupil light reflex in cataract

patients and healthy controls’; (PI: Prof. Dr. A. Kawasaki); role: co-investigator


2013-2016:  Age-Foundation Switzerland and Alzheimer Foundation Switzerland (Alters- & Pflegeheim 

’Hofmatt’, Münchenstein, BL, Switzerland); ’Impact of a new dawn-dusk simulator on wellbeing and circadian

rest-activity cycles in demented patiens - a pilot study’; role: co-PI; (scientific project leader)


2013-2015:  Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA), Germany; Project F2302: Circadian

effects of Aml-based lighting systems: Effect of circadian desynchronization’ (PI: PD Dr. D. Kunz, Intellux

GmbH), role: co-investigator


2014:  Industry initiated study by Durable Hunke & Jochheim GmbH & Co. KG: ‘Biologische Wirkung der LED-

Schreibtischleuchte LUCTRA (report in German; PI: PD Dr. D. Kunz, Intellux GmbH); role: co-investigator


2012-2014:  Age-Foundation Switzerland, Sonnweid Foundation Wetzikon Switzerland:Circadian light for

demented patients’; Nursing Home Sonnweid, Wetzikon; role co-PI (scientific project leader)


2011-2013:  Swiss National Science Foundation Research Grant: 'Comparison of non-visual, light-dependent

functions in normal subjects and patients with retinal ganglion cell loss’; role: co-PI (with Prof. Dr. A. Kawasaki)


2009-2013:  Post-doctoral Fellowship and Research Grant: ‘Daylight and Perception, VELUX Foundation,

Switzerland; granted to the Solar Energy and Building Physics Laboratory; director: Prof. Dr. S.-L. Scartezzini


2011-2012:  Fellowship Sciex-NMS Switzerland to the Solar Energy and Building Physics Laboratory for

Lenka Maierova (external PhD student): ‘Inter-individual lighting preferences of office occupants‘; role co-



2010:  Grieshaber Ophthalmic Research Foundation Grant, Switzerland; role: co-PI (together with Prof. Dr. A.



2008:  Jazz Pharmaceuticals Fellowship Training Grant in Sleep Medicine; Jazz Pharmaceuticals, Palo Alto,



2007-2008:  Post-doctoral Fellowship Grant, Novartis Foundation, Switzerland


2006-2007:  Post-doctoral Fellowship Grant, L. & Th. La Roche-Foundation, Switzerland (granted by the

Swiss National Science Foundation)




2018:  Arnold Rikli Award 2017, together with Prof. Aki Kawasaki for trend-setting research about biological

effects of optical radiation with direct importance for human medicine (donated by the Jörg Wolff Foundation,


2008:  Christian J. Gillin Research Award, Foundation of the Sleep Research Society, USA

2007:  Sponsors award for outstanding basic sleep research from the Swiss Society for Sleep Research,

Sleep Medicine and Chronobiology

2006:  Award Finalist (as co-author) at The Endocrine Society and Pfizer, Inc.; International Award for

Excellence in Published Clinical Research in: The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (to

Cajochen C. et al.)

2006:  Travel Grant, Swiss Society for Sleep Research, Sleep Medicine and Chronobiology, for participation at

the European  Sleep Society Meeting in Innsbruck, Austria

2006:  Travel Grant from the University of Basel, Switzerland for oral presentation at the Division for Sleep

Medicine, Brigham & Women's Hospital Boston, USA

2004:  Helgi Kristbjanarson award finalist at the 17th congress of the European Sleep Research Society,

Prague, Czech Republic

2003:  Poster Prize, annual meeting of the Swiss Society for Sleep Research, Sleep Medicine and 



                                                               Invited Presentations:


2017:  Symposium speaker at the International Pupil Colloquium in Morges, Switzerland

2017:  Invited speaker at the Hôpital ophtalmique Jules-Gonin, Jeudi de Jules GoninLausanne, Switzerland

2016:  Invited speaker at the Annual Meeting of the German Commission of Radiological Protection, Section

Non-Ionizing Radiation, Bonn, Germany 

2016:  Presentation at the weekly staff Meeting, Eye Hôpital Jules-Gonin, Lausanne, Switzerland

2015:  Lunch Symposium speaker; 23th annual meeting of the German Society for Sleep Medicine (DGSM),

Mainz, Germany

2015:  Keynote speaker (together with Prof. Dr. A. Kawasaki) at the International Pupil Colloquium; Oxford, UK

2015:  Seminar at the Institute for Medical Psychology at the LMU Medical School Ludwig Maximilians-

Universität München, Germany

2014:  Symposium speaker;  8th Symposium Light & Health; Technical University Berlin, Germany

2014:  Symposium speaker; 22th annual meeting of the German Society for Seep Medicine, Cologne, 


2013:  Symposium speaker; 21th annual meeting of the German Society for Sleep Medicine, Wiesbaden,


2013:  Invited speaker at the annual meeting: ‘Fachkongress Alter’ (in German), Lausanne, Switzerland

2012:  Presentation for the ‘Sciex’ exchange program, Czech University of Prague, Czech Republic

2012:  Symposium speaker at the annual meeting of the Society for Light Treatment and Biological Rhythms

(SLTBR), Geneva, Switzerland

2012:  Workshop at the annual meeting of the Swiss Society for Sleep Research, Sleep Medicine and

Chronobiology, Zürich, Switzerland

2012:  Invited speaker at the Care Center ‚Sonnweid‘ in Wetzikon, Switzerland

2011:  Keynote speaker at the 4th VELUX Daylight Symposium, EPFL,  Lausanne, Switzerland

2010:  Invited speaker at the 19th annual meeting of the German Society for Sleep Medicine, Bremen,


2010:  Invited lecture at the post-graduate course: 'Rhapsody in blue'; University Hospital Geneva, Switzerland

2010:  Invited lecture at Swissnex San Francisco, San Francisco, USA

2009:  Invited lecture at the annual meeting of the Swiss Lighting Society, Lucerne, Switzerland

2009:  Invited speaker at the symposium ‘Chronobiology and Architecture’; annual meeting of the SLTBR,

Berlin, Germany

2009:  Invited speaker at the meeting ‘Future Light Group’, University of Applied Sciences Luzern, Bern,


2009:  Invited speaker at the weekly Vision & Cognition Seminar, Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience &

Laboratory of Psychophysics, Brain-Mind Institute, EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland

2009:  Key note speaker at the annual meeting of the Swiss Society for Sleep Research, Sleep Medicine and

Chronobiology, Bern, Switzerland

2008:  Invited speaker at the monthly seminar of the Solar Energy and Building Physics Laboratory, EPFL,


2007:  Invited speaker at the seminar at the Sleep and Chronobiology Laboratory, Brown UniversityMedical

School & E.P. Bradley HospitalProvidence, USA

2006:  Invited speaker at the weekly scientific staff meeting of the Division of Sleep Medicine, Brigham and

Women’s Hospital, Boston, USA


                                           Community and Service related to Professional:


2017-ongoing:  Member of Academic Grants’ Committee to support junior scientists and optimize academic

talent management towards scientific excellence in an interntional context at Charité University Medicine


2017-ongoing:  Founding Member Daylight Academy (spin-off VELUX Foundation Switzerland)

2015:  Science Night Berlin, Germany; workshop on: ‘Chronobiological light effects’

2010:  Open days at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne, Switzerland

2007:  Talks on ‘Sleep and healthy aging’ at the Councils on Aging in Woburn (MA) and Brockton (MA); senior

community centers in Massachusetts, USA


                                                      Professional Memberships:


2017-present:  European Sleep Research Society

2005-present:  Society for Light Treatment and Biological Rhythms (SLTBR)

2016-present:  European Biological Rhythms Society (EBRS)

2006-2013:  Swiss Society for Sleep Research, Sleep Medicine and Chronobiology (SSSSC)

2013:  Member of the Society for Research on Biological Rhythms (SRBR)

2006-2011:  Member of Sleep Research Society (SRS)

2002-2006:  Student Member Swiss Society for Neuroscience (SSN)