Dirk Schaumlöffel has been a research professor at the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) since 2011 working at the Institute of Analytical Sciences and Physicochemistry for Environment and Materials (IPREM) at the University of Pau, France. His scientific research focuses on analytic-chemical developments for essential and toxic trace element analysis in biological organisms. One of his main activities includes element imaging in biological cells and tissue by nanoscale secondary ion mass spectrometry (NanoSIMS) with applications in nutrition, environment, and toxicology.
He graduated in chemistry from the Philipps-Universität Marburg in Germany where he obtained his doctorate (Dr. rer. nat.) in 1995. After leaving the University of Marburg he continued his academic career as research scientist at the GKSS Research Center in Geesthacht, Germany, and in 2003 he entered the CNRS in France. From the University of Pau he obtained his habilitation in analytical chemistry and the title of a professor.
Furthermore, Dirk Schaumlöffel is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology, General Secretary of the Federation of European Societies on Trace Elements and Minerals (FESTEM), and President of the German Society for Minerals and Trace Elements (GMS).