Since August 2011, Professor Kim Gutschow has chaired the research group in the Anthropology of Public Health and is a member of the GIHN (Goettingen International Health Network). She also serves as a Professor at the Institute for Anthropology at Goettingen and as a Lecturer in Anthropology and Religion at Williams College in the USA. She has also taught at Wesleyan University and Brandeis University. Prof. Gutschow is the author of award-winning ethnography Being a Buddhist Nun: The Struggle for Enlightenment in the Himalayas (Harvard University Press, 2004). She has written over 20 essays on a range of topics including maternal health in Ladakh; the role of gender, sexuality, and celibacy in Himalayan Buddhism; gender hierarchies in Buddhism; social power and irrigation in Ladakh, oracles and shamans, and the economy of merit in Buddhist practices. Most broadly, her research focuses on transnational flows in Buddhism and biomedicine that shape local practices around gender, bodies, and social status.