Christine Blume, PhD, is a principal investigator and post-doctoral researcher at the Centre for Chronobiology of the University of Basel (Switzerland). Since April 2022, she is a junior group leader funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation’s Ambizione scheme. After completing her degree in psychology at the Universities of Würzburg (Germany) and Cambridge (UK), she moved to Salzburg (Austria), where she obtained her doctorate at the Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience. While she first primarily worked on disorders of consciousness following severe brain injury, she became intrigued by human sleep and circadian rhythms, which is now her main field of research. After having successfully applied for a mobility grant of the Austrian Research Fund FWF, she moved to Basel in January 2019. These days, her research is centered around artificial light, natural daylight, and other factors that characterise life in a modern society on sleep and circadian rhythms. She is also a cognitive-behavioural therapist for insomnia (CBT-I) in training at the Psychiatric Hospital of the University of Basel.
Besides doing research, she also likes talking about science and sleep science in particular. Therefore, she does a lot of science communication, particularly in the German-speaking media. Besides science, she plays the cello in the orchestra of the University of Basel and loves hiking or cross-country skiing in the mountains. She joined the ESRS Scientific Committee in 2022 and is an elected member of the ESRS Early Career Researcher Network (ECRN) since 2020.