Ursula Amstutz received training in biology, population genetics and biomedical sciences at the University of Bern, Switzerland, where she obtained an MSc in Biology and a PhD in Cellular and Biomedical Sciences. She received additional training in pharmacogenomics and drug safety and effectiveness research at the University of British Columbia and the BC Children's Hospital in Vancouver, Canada.
Her research focuses on characterizing and understanding the interindividual variability in drug response and toxicity, with the aim of improving the safety and effectiveness of drug therapies. She has a particular interest in the study of genetic and other biomarkers that explain differences in drug response between patients and enable the identification of patients who are at increased risk of severe adverse drug reactions. Her work also focuses on the development of new methods to identify such biomarkers, and on knowledge translation for their implementation into clinical practice. In addition to her research at the Inselspital Bern, she is an investigator of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Drug Safety and Effectiveness Network collaborative centers for Active Surveillance (SEARCH) and Pharmacogenomics of Adverse Drug Reactions (PREVENT), and the Canadian Pharmacogenomics Network for Drug Safety (CPNDS).
|Dec 2016||Habilitation (Venia docendi; PD Dr. phil. nat) in Experimental Clinical Chemistry and Genomic Medicine, University of Bern, Switzerland|
|2016-present||Research group leader, Pharmacogenomics and Drug Metabolism, University Institute of Clinical Chemistry, Inselspital Bern University Hospital and University of Bern, Switzerland2013-2015|
|2013-2015||Senior scientist, Pharmacogenomics and Drug Metabolism research group, University Institute of Clinical Chemistry, Inselspital Bern University Hospital and University of Bern, Switzerland|
|2010-2013||Postdoctoral fellow, Pharmaceutical Outcomes Programme, University of British Columbia and BC Children’s Hospital, Vancouver, BC, Canada|
|2006-2010||PhD in Cellular and Biomedical Sciences, University Institute of Clinical Chemistry, Inselspital Bern University Hospital and University of Bern, Switzerland|
|2004-2006||Master of Science in Biology with Major in Zoology, Computational and Molecular Population Genetics Lab, Institute of Zoology, University of Bern, Switzerland|
|2001-2004||Undergraduate studies in biology, University of Bern, Switzerland|