Ursula Ravens obtained her medical degree from Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg in 1969. While still in medical school she started experimental work in the electrophysiology lab at the Department of Physiology. After a short interim in clinical medicine for her internship she joined Heinz Lüllmann, head of the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Kiel, as a research fellow in 1970. After doing her “Habilitation” in 1979, she spent some time as a guest scientist with Gerrit Isenberg at the University of Homburg. In 1985 she obtained her first permanent position as a Professor of Cardiovascular Pharmacology at Essen University. After a sabbatical at Imperial College London in 1995 with Sian Harding she was appointed full Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology at the Medical Faculty of Dresden University of Technology, where she moved to in 1997.
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