Dr. Elisa Groff, BA MA MSc

BA Classics, Universities of Trento and Reykjavík. MA Religious Studies, Universities of Erfurt and St Andrews. 2009/10-2011/11, 2014/04-09: graduate research assistant, Max-Weber-Kolleg, University of Erfurt (Prof. Dr. Jörg Rüpke). MSc Human Osteology and Funerary Archaeology, University of Sheffield and Sheffield Children’s Hospital NHS.

2009/05-09 (commercial archaeology, city of Valencia), 2010/07-08 (Pompeji, Porta Nola): funerary excavations. 2013/02-09: Individual placements, Histopathology* (Prof. Dr. Marta Cohen) and Radiology** (Dr. med. Amaka Offiah) Departments, Sheffield Children’s Hospital NHS (*attendance at autopsy, assistance with reconstructing and cleaning the body, histology review, database management; **accessing and reviewing ante-/post-mortem radiographs of foetuses and young children performed to exclude the presence of skeletal disorders and evidence of abuse). 2013/10-2014/03, 2015: Co-investigator in clinical research studies concerning SUDI/SIDS with Prof. Dr. Marta Cohen, Head of the Histopathology Department. 2014/04-11: Training in Sexual and Reproductive Health Research (E-learning), WHO Collaborating Centre in Education & Human Reproduction (GFMER).

2019: PhD Classics and Ancient History (A.G. Leventis founded 2015-2018), University of Exeter (advisors Prof. R. Langlands, Dr. D. Leith): “The Sexual and Reproductive Health of Women in Sixth-century Christianity”. 09/2015-2019/06: Seminar leader for Classical languages and texts, Greek history, women’s history; chief director of the Pegasus Departmental Journal; organizer intra-departmental research seminars for PhD students; member of the Athena SWAN Committee, Inclusivity Cluster: Equality/Diversity/Culture.

2018: Certificate in Advanced Study: Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, UK Higher Education Academy (AFHEA). 2020/01- 2022/12: Postdoc Research Associate am ICS, School of Advanced Studies, University of London (non-stipendiary).

2021/10- : Postdoc research assistant, Institute of History, Theory and Ethics of Medicine, Medical University of Ulm.

2023: Scholarship holder of the Hertha-Nathorff Program of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ulm for the promotion of young female scientists. Research project: „The Ethics of fetal autopsy and its impact for reproductive medicine“.


Italian: mother tongue; German (Goethe-Zertifikat), English (CPE), Spanish (DELE): C2; French, Portuguese A2/B1; Japanese: A1/A2; Ancient Greek, Latin.  



Associate Fellow der UK Higher Education Academy; Honorary Fellow, Department of Histopathology,  Sheffield Children’s Hospital NHS; ReMeDHe Network: Working Group for Religion, Medicine, Disability and Health in Late Antiquity; Società Italiana di Storia delle Religioni.


Research Interests:

Ancient medicine and its reception in later times; medicine and religion; social medicine; anatomy; history of sexual and reproductive health; gender diversity; infant mortality; medical humanities.