Lara Gerking

Doctoral Researcher

Lara joined the Climate Change and Health Working Group as part of the Climate Resilience Department in March 2022 as a doctoral researcher. She investigates prenatal weather shock exposures in relation to postnatal health in the project “How do prenatal and postnatal circumstances interact in shaping health? An interdisciplinary approach using quasi-experiments”.

Lara holds a master degree in Medical Sciences - Public Health Sciences, with a specialization in epidemiology of the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden. Her research interests include early child development, (mental) health as well as environmental epidemiology, including impacts of weather and natural surroundings, on health.


Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)
P.O. Box 60 12 03
14412 Potsdam


03.2022 – ongoing

Doctoral position at Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

Potsdam (DE)

September 2019

to June 2021

Master studies, Public Health – Epidemiology, Karolinska Institutet Stockholm

MA-Thesis: “Neighbourhood greenness and nature visits in relation to mental health, anxiety, and depression during the COVID-19 pandemic”


Stockholm (SE)

October 2016

to August 2019

Undergraduate studies, Public Health, University of Bremen

BA-Thesis: “Financial Strain and Mental Health, exploring effect modification in an aging, European population”

Bremen (DE)

05.2019 – 07.2019

Voluntary engagement at Red Cross Bremen

Bremen (DE)

10.2018 – 04.2019

Internship at Erasmus MC Rotterdam

Rotterdam (NL)

04.2018 – 07.2018

Tutor of Epidemiology at University of Bremen

Bremen (DE)

12.2017 – 06.2018

Voluntary engagement at Innere Mission Bremen

Bremen (DE)

09.2017 – 10.2017

Internship at Leibniz Institute for Prevention Research and Epidemiology

Bremen (DE)

10.2016 – 03.2018

OTA at Avanti GmbH

Bremen (DE)

01.2016 – 10.2016

OTA at Franziskus Hospital

Berlin (DE)

07.2014 – 12.2015

OTA at the German Heart Centre Berlin

Berlin (DE)

June 2011

to May 2014

German Hospital Federation  controlled professional training (3 years) as Operation Technical Assistant (OTA), Sankt Gertrauden- Hospital and German Heart Centre Berlin, Germany

Berlin (DE)

How do prenatal and postnatal circumstances interact in shaping health? An interdisciplinary approach using  natural experiments