Dr Sigrid Weiland is currently working in the Secretariat of the European Commission's (EC) Scientific Advice Mechanism (SAM) hosted by the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (DG RTD). As Manager of the Group of Chief Scientific Advisors she supports the provision of scientific advice to EC policy-making.
Having graduated in biology she obtained her PhD for her work on genetic causes of human hereditary epilepsies.
Before joining the European Commission, she was business-developer in the start-up phase of a biotech company and was patent examiner in the area of biotechnology at the European Patent Office in Munich. Since 2005, she has worked in several services of the European Commission, including the Joint Research Centre, DG Agriculture and Rural Development and the Health Directorate of DG RTD where she worked on neurological diseases.