I am a Professor of Media and Communication Research at the University of Zurich (IKMZ), Head of the division Media Use & Effects, and co-director of the Digital Society Initiative (DSI). My fields of research and teaching are media use and media effects, health communication campaigns, and social network analysis.

I serve as President of the steering committee of the National Research Programme on "Covid-19 in Society" (NFP80) of the Swiss National Science Foundation, Editor-in-Chief for the European Journal of Health Communication (EJHC), and as Vice-Chair of the Health Communication Division of the European Asssociation of Research and Education Association (ECREA).

Previous affiliations include ETH Zurich (lecturer 2009 - 2019), Harvard University, Department of Sociology (visiting scholar 2016), the National Institutes of Health, National Human Genome Research Institute, Social and Behavioral Research Branch (visiting faculty 2016-17), and the Annenberg School for Communication (ASC) at the University of Pennsylvania (visiting scholar). From 2013 to 2016 I was a Professor for Media and Communication Research at the University of Bremen where I served as the Director of the Institute of Journalism, Communication, and Media Studies (IPKM), and as head of the (ZEMKI) Lab on Networked Communication. 2011-2012 I have served as a Professor for Public Communication at the Institute of Media, Knowledge, and Communication (imwk) at Augsburg University.

Please refer to the research, publication, and teaching sections of this website to learn more about my academic work. If you are interested in my consulting work you will find some references here.